Glyph of the word 'leota'.


  • (n.) fire ant

I Ánatoni: A leota! Male awape eya okuka!
“For Anthony: A fire ant! We will never be lonely again!”

Notes: These guys are bad business. Don’t mess around with them!

Now for this…iku. One of the ones I’ve been avoiding. This may, in fact, be my least favorite iku of the entire bunch. I hate it. In fact, this isn’t even the original version: It’s the redone version. I still hate it. In fact, I hate it so much that I’m keeping it. After all, no writing system can be perfect (cf. “Q”).

Anyway, this thing is a combination of le, eo and ta. The things that look like antennae on the top come from le. I’m pretty sure that was intentional. Anyway, the whole thing is just a disaster.

And to add to it, I have no idea how to classify it. It’s composed entirely of phonological iku, which suggests an ikunoala, but it’s actually built off of a single iku, which suggests iku’ume. The antennae, however, make it look kind of antish, so it could be an iku’ui. Or I could just throw up my hands and say it’s an ikunima’u. Absolutely crazy.

Update: So…as occasionally happens, I forgot to do an example sentence. Long-time commenter Anthony caught me on it, so, Anthony, this one’s for you!

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4 Responses to “Leota”

  1. Ka kavaka Anthony ti:

    if I’d just seen only the glyph, I might have guessed “a flightless bird” (rail, ibis)…but fire ants have wings too, so okay.

    Maybe (in-universe) it was drawn up as an attempt to link the groups (ikunoala, iku’ume, iku’ui, ikunima’u) ?

    either way, its good work.

  2. Ka kavaka Anthony ti:

    tiny question – was it a fire ant you walked home without? (since they’re all female)

  3. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Huh. When you described it as a bird, I saw it as a bird—or, rather, two birds, with other birds looking up over the waterline. Looking at it that way, I rather like it! Weird. It’s always looked clumsy to me until then.

    And, yes, you caught me on the duplicate example sentence. Oops!

  4. Ka kavaka Anthony Docimo ti:

    thank you for the dedication. don’t worry about the “oops” – everyone has them, even you. (okay, maybe not Erin)

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