Níyol

Here in northern AZ, yesterday was quite windy.

Yesterday didn’t start out windy, but towards the mid-day and to the afternoon the wind started to pick up. When the wind blows, some places on the reservation experience dust storms and dust devils (twisters) because it’s so windy. That’s what wind does when wind blows I guess.

Wind sounds weird to me after I use it a lot, so that’s why I prefer the Navajo word for wind: níyol. You can use níyol as either a noun or a verb in the same way you would use either wind or (it is) windy, respectively.

I hear snow is in the forecast, hint hint.