Glyph of the word 'fule'.


  • (v.) to need, to require
  • (v.) to want, to desire
  • (n.) need, necessity

Fule iko ti’i a’a.
“I need this right now.”


So, I always heard the thing about cats walking all over your keyboard when you’re using it, but I never believed it, because I never experienced it myself. Erin, on the other hand, apparently experiences this on a daily basis—and she got a picture to prove it:

Keli laying on the laptop.

She is a cat’s cat! This I can avow.

Fule is another one of those words where the grammatical roles, if you think of them Englishly, are backwards. Furthermore, the argument preceded by ti (the “needer” or “wanter”) is optional, because the verb is intransitive.

Ha. Just thought of a great shirt. Reads as follows:

“Cat is an intransitive verb.”

And the shirt has a picture of a cat on it, and the cat is sitting by himself.

Tell me this makes sense to someone other than myself.

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3 Responses to “Fule”

  1. Ka kavaka Christophe ti:

    It makes sense to me as well *lol*!

  2. Ka kavaka Keri ti:

    I think you need to make that shirt! =) I wonder what the market’s like for linguistic nerd t-shirts. LOL.

    I love the character for “fule”. To me it looks like someone leaping or dancing. Or sliding in all the snow =) What was your inspiration?

  3. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Ha! Sliding on the snow. Or maybe sliding on their knees at the finish of a big musical number.

    Actually, it’s an inverted version of ho with the “good” circle determinative. There’s a specific reason I added the “good” circle to the inverted ho, but that would require finding the word that is the inverted ho, and I can’t find it right now… (There’s no search program in my dictionary for “Find glyphs that are similar to…”) I’ll keep looking.

    But, no, it’s not actually ideographic. :)

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