Thóthel is the Halq’eméylem word for ‘mouth’. You can use it to talk about both human and animal mouths, and it’s another good word for TPR. …
Thóthel sounds like THAW-thull.
Audio: Vivian Williams
Here are some examples of how you can use thóthel:
- Tesachsem la te’ thóthel! – Touch your mouth!
- Motest te’ thóthel! – Point to your mouth!
- Hikw te thóthels tútl’o! – He has a big mouth!
If you want to say the mouths, you can just say ye thóthel. There is no special plural form for thóthel.
Many other words related to mouth contain -othel (which may also appear as –ó:thel, -oythel, or -ethel). For example:
- sqwiqweyó:thel – jack-rabbit (literally ‘little hole in the mouth’)
- qw’emó:thel – fishing with hook (literally ‘u-shape in the mouth’)
- sq’éplò:thel – flying squirrel (literally ‘cover on the mouth’)
- po:yethel – to have a twisted mouth (literally ‘bent in the mouth
- t’ekwó:ythí:lem – shut one’s mouth
(The word for close one’s mouth is xaq’em, which is unrelated.)