Glyph of the word 'oka'.


  • (v.) to be dull
  • (adj.) dull

A oka tiva.
“The knife is dull.”

Notes: As with the example sentence, this is only “dull” as in “not sharp”, not “dull” as in “boring”.

I wanted to do something different with this iku. I had no ideas for it (couldn’t be an ikunoala), so I thought I’d play it by ear. Then I came up with this. And then I decided to stick with it. I still don’t get it…

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4 Responses to “Oka”

  1. Ka kavaka Anthony ti:

    >I still don’t get it.
    well, if the /\ is the knife, then it seems to be cutting something from underneath (par for the course in buttering bread, and cutting some types of kebabs, wood boats, and breads)

    if the topmost _ is the knife, then it’s balancing perfectly, thus proving its fitness and finely-crafted nature.

    does that help?

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    The glyph is clearly related to the one for uotava (volcano). Almost look like the volcano has a cap on it… But then the volcano also does look like the tip of the knife. Was that what I was going for…?

  3. Ka kavaka Anthony ti:

    the first/most-important knives were made from volcanic obsidian?

  4. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Ooh, dragon glass! Not a bad idea.

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