NaNaGaMo begins

In addition to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), I’ve decided to participate in NaNaGaMo, National Navel-Gazing Month. Every day for the month of November, I will contemplate my navel, or perhaps someone else’s navel. In a pinch, I may stare at a navel orange.

On this theme, I’d like to highlight a word with you that I met in the past year or so, and which I’ve become quite fond of:
omphaloskepsis (noun)

literally, the contemplation of one’s navel, which is an idiom usually meaning complacent self-absorption (from

I think it’s quite a good word. I try to use it whenever possible.

Phoebe at about 16 months promises to master the art of ompaholskepsis.Such a lovely belly button.
Phoebe, at 16 months, shows signs that she will be a master of the art of omphaloskepsis.

Actually, I was considering having each of my posts for the month of November feature a word that I like. (I mean, a different word that I like. Otherwise we could end up with a month of posts about pants.) (Well, that might happen anyhow.) We’ll see. I promise to, at the very least, use words in every post.

14 thoughts on “NaNaGaMo begins

  1. Ok, those Phoebe pics are too cute. The first time I went to Hungary, I met a guy who didn’t believe bellybutton was a real word. He kept saying it, really slowly (“Bel-l-l-y-bu-u-utt-o-n-n-n”) and then chuckling, as if I’d made some adorable child’s joke. Feh.

    I, for one, vote for a month of pants posts!

  2. I hope you’ll consider featuring the tufted titmouse in one of your November posts. Although it’s actually two words.

  3. Hee, hee. I’m doing the Namowrimo thing again, but only because I’m a masochist, and I never mastered the art of omphaloskepsis. (Great post.)

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