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Lexember 25th: okkochál, "scorpion"


Today's word, okkochál /ʔok.ˈko.t͡ʃaːl/ scorpion, is made up of kochál tail and a much reduced form of ochuko bend, fold.

Ëmpin okkochál në kor si mokat harno.
this.kind scorpion TOP person ACC kill.INF be.able.PFV
This kind of scorpion can kill a person.

The word can also be used for someone who is adept at especially vicious office politics.

Okkochál nen tiëtë tui mítëmai, núkkiëlësto so.
okkochál nen tiëtë tui mít-ëmai núkkiël-ëst-o so
scorpion LOC near thus say-PFV.COND.CVB be.in.trouble-INCH-PFV ASSEV
If you talk that way in front of a scorpion you'll get into trouble.

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