Opaopa

Glyph of the word 'opa'.Glyph of the word 'opa'.

opaopa

  • (v.) to burrow
  • (n.) burrowing
  • (adj.) burrowing

Ai opaopa ei ie iko himola le koku ai tou oku?!
“Why can’t I burrow into this blanket?!”

Notes: It’s the best day of the catting week—the day that rhymes with “Saturday”, but for some reason isn’t Saturday: Iiiiiiiiiiit’s CATURDAY! HAPPY CATURDAY!!! :D

Today Erin sent me this picture:

Keli near my Arabic pillow.

She explained to me that Keli had tried to burrow into the yellow chair cover you see there. It wasn’t much of a blanket, though (it’s just a chair cover), so she couldn’t manage. Then she tried to tug at the chair cover to have it topple over her to form a little cave, but that didn’t work. Then she looked to Erin for help, and Erin took her picture. I believe the expression on her face says something like, “That’s not helping.”

Today’s word is a reduplication of opa, which means “dig”. I thought “burrow” was a good way to translate opaopa. It’s kind of like scurrying and digging at the same time, which is what this is: little digging motions into something.

Say, I wonder where Keli is right now…? It’s about time she started begging for food… Hmm… I’m hungry too, come to think of it. Maybe it’s time for a trip to the kitchen…

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