Na’ats’ǫǫsí

Today’s word is Navajo for mouse. It’s hard to say exactly where this word comes from, because the latter part could be a reference to the act of drawing in something (to suck).

There is a story in Navajo tradition about the Twins who defeated giant monsters. It is said by some that during their journey to defeat the giants, the mice spied against them.

I can imagine the hero twins finding out about this and saying, “You suck!” thereby naming them for all eternity. (This most likely did not happen, just to be clear).

Edit: the squeaking sounds that mice make have been compared to the sound of kissing, so in a way, they are “the kissing ones.” (thanks, Christopher!)