Glyph of the word 'peme'.


  • (n.) crawdad, crayfish, crawfish
  • (n.) a person who ruins things, or is otherwise a downer (a spoilsport, a fuddy-duddy, a party pooper, etc.)

Ipe peme!
“What a spoilsport!”

Notes: That was me yesterday getting tired before three, and now I’m going to bed even earlier—and today I fell asleep during an NFL playoff game! Truth be told, the Packers had turned it into a laugher, but still…

So I’m 0-2 so far in my new predictions, and my Super Bowl match-up is dead. My Super Bowl winner—the Patriots—is still alive, but I hate them, and will be aching to see them lose to the Jets tomorrow (or, today; whatever). We’ll see what happens…

The iku for peme has always vaguely troubled me. Specifically, it strikes me as non-Kamakawi. True, Kamakawi does have rounded edges in many iku (luku‘s got a full circle, no matter which way you write it), but this is the only iku that uses this particular arc (which is something like 75% of a circle).

So what do you think? Does it strike you as alien, or do you think it fits? I can always make it boxier…

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8 Responses to “Peme”

  1. Ka kavaka Anthony ti:

    the islands of the Kamakawi have native crayfish, yes? if so, this could be deliberately emulating the head, claws, and tail of a crayfish.

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Oh, absolutely—and that was the intent of the iku. The question is if the arc is too un-Kamakawi (it could be a three-sided box).

  3. Ka kavaka Anthony ti:

    well, do they regard crayfish or downers to be un-Kamakawi? the whole point of the arc might be to reinforce the un-Kamakawi-ness of the person being referred to.

  4. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Ahh… Not a bad idea.

  5. Ka kavaka dwnielsen ti:

    What? you mean you’re making this up :o

  6. Ka kavaka dwnielsen ti:

    Hey, that wasn’t a smiley – it was an aghast : o – the Kamakawi penchant for angularity strikes again..

  7. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Just what are you accusing me of, dwnielsen—creating some kind of…”con”-lang?! Listen, I’m a legitimate businessman, and I swear this is all on the up and up!

  8. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Oh yeah, about that… Rather than looking at the ASCII key codes, I looked at the smileys when designing my smileys. Take a look at the WordPress smileys here. The one for : o looks like it’s actually smiling! So that’s what I designed.

    So, it’s not my fault: It’s their fault! :mrgreen:

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