Word of the Week: hotz

hotz: cold / frío

It hasn’t snowed yet this winter where I live, but the temperature’s been dipping to near freezing. I’ve been wearing jackets inside and reading and studying under blankets in bed. To say “I’m cold”, there are two options: hotzak nago or hotz naiz. An appropriate winter saying in Euskara is Gaur hotza, bihar izotza, etzi elurra, banuen beldurra, which means “Today cold, tomorrow ice, day after tomorrow snow, I’m already scared” / “Hoy frío, mañana hielo, pasado nieve, ya tenía miedo”.