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Why is Russian поперхнуться poperxnútʹsja (to choke) onomatopoeic?

 
 
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are Russian прах prax (dust), порох pórox (gunpowder), порошок porošók (powder), перхоть pérxotʹ (dandruff), персть perstʹ (dust) cognate to Proto-Indo-European *pers-

but

Russian поперхнуться poperxnútʹsja (to choke) onomatopoeic?

and

What about Russian першить peršitʹ (to have a scratchy throat)?
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