tonsi

meaning

non-binary, gender-non-conforming | ALT trans, non-cisgender

see also

meli, mije, kule

semantic space · lipamanka

tonsi describes any divergence from the western gender binary of male and female. people may choose for themselves if they exist within its semantic space, much like the other gender words in toki pona. tonsi, mije, and meli are not mutually exclusive at all. one can be one, two, all three, none, or even something else.

ku translations

non-binary person³, transgender person³, gender non-conforming person³, intersex person²

usage

widespread · 83% usage

found in ku suli

coined post-pu · 2019

origin

Mandarin · 同志 tóngzhì ‘comrade (same will/purpose); LGBT+’

by jan inwin

commentary

Widely regarded in the community to be a crucial addition to toki pona. Occasionally referred to as an "honorary pu word" to highlight its status, or equated to a pu word outright.

sitelen pona

tonsi

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tonsi sitelen sitelen

sitelen Emosi

ucsur

U+F197E

audio

kala Asi

jan Lakuse