01 May 2007

May Day

At a Daytona concert in 1989, James Taylor shared his grandfather's greeting for this fine day:

"Hooray! Hooray! The first of May!
Outdoor f*cking starts today!"


Grandpa Taylor rocks!

A few weeks back, A Word A Day's weekly theme was "There's a word for it." One of the words was an incredibly serendipitous find, waiting all these years for discovery.

FloridaDad has long discussed navel gazing as a process for examing the old to divine the new. To examine who you are before choosing the next right thing.

He'd rub his belly, which we urchins had nicknamed Ralph, and chant "navel navel navel" as he illustrated navel gazing in action. Little did any of us know, there's a word for it!

omphaloskepsis (om-fuh-lo-SKEP-sis) noun :
Contemplation of one's navel.

From Greek omphalos (navel) + skepsis (act of looking, examination). Ultimately from the Indo-European root spek- (to observe) which is also the ancestor of suspect, spectrum, bishop (literally, overseer), despise, espionage, telescope, spectator, and spectacles.]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus


Summer, fall, and winter was a time of much omphaloskepsis in Cheekdom. M'aidez calls were answered by many, and my gratitude is profound. In the words of Emily Dickinson: my friends are my estate.

CheekHaiku to illustrate word usage:

Spring's bold green leaves clothe
winter's naked limbs; so ends
omphaloskepsis.


Spring to life!

2 comments:

Kristin said...

"To examine who you are before choosing the next right thing."

A serious cud on which to ruminate . . .

whitenoise said...

"wooki"? ;-)