From: Sergejus Tarasovas
> The good news is that you are probably on the right track, becauseThis scenario seemes very plausible to me. Cf. Russian suso'l-:su'sl- (<*susUl-), one of the meanings - 'suck'. An important (and obvious) reservation would be
> Polish "susel" (gopher) is derived from the sound that animal
> makes - from ChurchSl. "sysati" to hiss or squeak. Gopher is also a
> name for ground-squirrel as well as other burrowing rodents. The
> etymology of gopher is derived fron French "gaufre". honeycomb and
> that by a circuitous route was associated with the sucking noise
> those animals make.
> Hence a Polish old expression "he drinks like a gopher" (pije jak
> susel) was derived from the word "suck" (sysac, Russ. suslit') Suck
> and hiss are similar noises.