Glyph of the word 'paka'.


  • (num.) nine
  • (adj.) ninth
  • (v.) to nonuple

A fulele ei e paka ie imoi li’i.
“I wish to nonuple my strawberry guavas.”

Notes: We’re nearing the end of the digits one through ten, and I wanted to use the verb form at least once. The word “nonuple” is the silliest English word, period. It almost sounds dirty. But let me tell you, if I had a strawberry guava, I’d want nothing better than to nonuple it. Just imagine: Guava juice for a week! That’s my idea of paradise.

(Well, not really. My idea of paradise is a lifetime supply of virgin piña coladas, but I’m deathly allergic to pineapple, so even when I had the opportunity to have as many free virgin piña coladas as I wanted [on my honeymoon], I couldn’t. I did have a few, but after the third, my throat started to swell, and then came the hives…)

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