Glyph of the word 'fi'. and Glyph of the word 'fi'.


  • (syl.) glyph for the syllable fi in the Kamakawi syllabary
  • (n.) lightning
  • (v.) for there to be lightning (weather verb)
  • (suf.) if (attaches directly to the status subject marker)

A fi kiko.
“There’s lightning today.”

Notes: Another way to translate the above example sentence would be, “It’s lightninging out”, but that doesn’t really make a lot of sense in English. It’s about the equivalent of saying “It’s raining out”, but with lightning instead of rain. All weather verbs work in this way, and take no subject. Lightning, of course, is associated with the determined form of the verb, since the iku here is of a lightning bolt (or was, originally. Kind of doesn’t look like lightning anymore, I guess).

The undetermined form is used with the “if” suffix there. It attaches right to the subject status marker to create “if” clauses, and does a pretty decent job of it.

Oh, I wanted to use one of my new smilies today. Oh well; it looks like I won’t get to. :cry:

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