Friday, March 11, 2011

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Omphaloskepsis

Definition:



contemplation of one's navel as an aid to meditation; also: lack of will to move, exert, or change: inertia

About the word:



In Greek, omphalos means "navel"; skepsis means "examination."
Less than a century old, omphaloskepsis is usually considered humorous. For example, in his 2005 autobiography, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh reminisced about his absorption in "the time-honored pursuits of adolescents in any era – school, social life, the opposite sex, omphaloskepsis – ...."

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Cockalorum

Definition:



a boastful and self-important person; a strutting little fellow

About the word:



If cockalorum suggests a crowing cock, that's because cockalorum probably comes from kockeloeren – an obsolete Dutch dialect verb meaning "to crow."

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