Glyph of the word 'fei'.


  • (adv.) up, upwards
  • (v.) to jump over something
  • (v.) to surpass something
  • (adj.) rising, jumping
  • (adj.) upper

Mata fei, he kanekoi!
“Look up, kitty!”

Notes: I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what I said to get this picture:

Keli looking cute.


I love this picture. My cat makes the most wonderful expressions. And the wildest noises! One of these days I’m going to have to record her meows and put them up here. That will require some cooperation on her part, though, so I’m not sure how it’ll go…

Today’s iku is a pretty straightforward ikunoala, though it might not appear to be so on the surface. It’s a combination of fe and ei. Rather coincidentally, it looks as if there’s a line over the “Z” shape to indicate where the semantic domain of this word is located.

Fei is one of a number of prepositions and adverbs that can combine with other verbs to form new phrasal verbs. For example, the verbal phrase mata…fei, when combined with an object (or when there is an object that is understood to exist), means “to visit”. Here it just means “look up”, and I think, in context, that’s quite clear.

In other news, I really need to get back to a sane schedule… I can’t be going to sleep this late anymore. :(

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