There are many words I am drawn to,
from the books that I peruse.

Omphaloskepsis is a favorite,
but it’s one I’ve never used.

It’s a word of Greek origin;
that’s my origin as well.

It’s meaning’s a bit silly,
but it’s one I’m going to tell.

It’s “contemplation of one’s navel
as part of a mystical exercise.”

Who hasn’t searched their belly button
and found something to surmise?

A bit of lint in a color you do or don’t recognize,

Some sand or dirt or who knows what? It’s often a surprise.

My question to you all is why
haven’t more people heard

omphaloskepsis in conversation?
Because it is an awesome word.

Aug 8, 2014
Sounds Right
This is clearly subjective, but some words really sound like the thing they describe (personal favorites: puffin; bulbous; fidgeting). Do you have an example of such a word (or, alternatively, of a word that sounds like the exact opposite of what it refers to)? What do you think creates this effect?

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