Navajo name

Dear Editor:

Tosido. I have confirmed this is the Navajo name for our “Pagosah” hot springs. The word is a masculine noun from Central America and Southern Mexico, and means “cough.” The fact was found in an article in The Desert Magazine, by Richard Van Valkenburgh, “Trail to the Healing Waters of Tosido,” October 1942.

Camille Cazedessus

Editor’s note: Some also consider tosido or tocito to be a Spanish-style spelling for tó sido, which is Navajo for “hot spring” or “hot water,” with tó meaning “water” and sido meaning “it is hot.” Tosido is Spanish for “cough.” Dikos is Navajo for “cough.”

This story was posted on May 22, 2014.