Word for the day: omphaloskepsis

March 4, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More

omphaloskepsis: contemplation of one’s navel as an aid to meditation.

Etymology: New Latin, from Greek omphalos + skepsis examination

Thanks go to my own mother for advising me today that this word actually exists.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Andrew Gabriel says:

    Literally,the word "omphaloskepsis" means " a thought emanating from

    the navel, thus, an umbilical thought, and by extention, "a central thought

    which existed before the thinker".

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