Glyph of the word 'liki'.


  • (v.) to smile
  • (n.) smile
  • (v.) to approve of

Liki ei ie liki.
“I approve of smiling.”

Notes: You may have noticed awhile back that the character of the smileys on my site changed radically. This is because I designed Kamakawi-specific smileys just for this blog. (I actually couldn’t think of a better way to do it, so I created a font, and then made images of the individual smiley “letters”. It’s telling that that seemed like the simplest solution to me….) So that you know what to expect, I’d like to introduce you to each of the smileys. Below I’ll show you each available smiley, and how to type it:

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:) :) :-) :smile: :lol: :lol:
:D :D :-D :grin: :oops: :oops:
:( :( :-( :sad: :cry: :cry:
:o :o :-o :eek: :evil: :evil:
8O 8O 8-O :shock: :twisted: :twisted:
:? :? :-? :???: :roll: :roll:
8) 8) 8-) :cool: :!: :!:
:x :x :-x :mad: :?: :?:
:P :P :-P :razz: :idea: :idea:
:| :| :-| :neutral: :arrow: :arrow:
;) ;) ;-) :wink: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

A couple notes about the smileys above. There are three smilies up there that aren’t smilies. The one that looks like an arrow :arrow: is actually the causative suffix, but I figured it looked enough like an arrow to serve as the arrow smiley. The exclamation :!: is the glyph for the word ima, which I see I haven’t addressed yet. Ima is a kind of emphatic particle, used most often in commands. It’s almost like an audible exclamation point. The last is the glyph for lu, which we have done before (and if you follow the link, you’ll see why I thought it worked well for the idea smiley :idea:).

The so-called evil smiley :evil: has the “bad” line determinative running through it. I thought that was quite appropriate.

Oh, and I think :mrgreen: looks like Kermit. :)

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3 Responses to “Liki”

  1. Ka kavaka rejistania ti:

    I like the smileys very much! Especially the :roll: one is hillarious.

  2. Ka kavaka andrew ti:

    Do Kamakawi scribes use them as well or are they a primary rather than secondary creation (primary being ‘used by the creator of X’ and secondary being ‘used within the creation of X’)?

    They are inspiring, as is the whole syllabary.

  3. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Aside from the three actual glyphs, all the rest are just smileys I created in the style of Kamakawi. I just wanted some smileys for this blog that were more appropriate than the default yellow ones you get.

    Actually, if Kamakawi scribes were creating smileys, they’d probably look more like hu and fu in style (using the square-like shape for the head, and lines inside for the rest of the face).

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