Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, May 17, 2012 - omphalus
Posted on 05/17/2012 4:33:33 AM PDT by secret garden
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
omphalos \OM-fuh-luhs , noun
1. The central point.
2. The navel; umbilicus.
3. Greek Antiquity. A stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, thought to mark the center of the earth.
To that incurable romantic the Trenton hovel was omphalos, the hub of existence, the center of mass.
-- Ellen Queen, Halfway House
Yes; but if not of the earth, for earth's tenant Jerusalem was the omphalos of mortality.
-- Thomas De Quincey, Suspiria de Profundies
From Greek, omphalos did not enter English until the 1850s when Thomas De Quincey used it in his work Suspiria de Profundis. It literally meant "navel."
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WFB's attempt to emulate us ; ) No pushing at the door please!
Rise and shine!
Obama’s omphalus is power. Not power to the people, power to him.
Gatsby and I are off to the park. Back in a bit.
That was what I was going to say.
Soon enough, Count-Your-Change will be along to explain about “Um, fellows?”, which is the all-too-quiet response to “Hold muh beer ...”.
Obama believes he’s the omphalos
Condescending, conceited and garrulous
But the road he must travel
Will fray and unravel
November, for him, looks real perilous
only less cleverly ; )
Good Lord - who would want that old dried up man? Sheesh, how many women has he cheated with? Does his god not frown on that? Our God does.
hey, is my black bag fulla DRUG there at the Gian’Iggle?
taking the morality out of it, for a minute, she is a 30 yo woman, WHY would she need to mess with that MESS? i guess it’s just a young lib worshipping at the altar of race hustlerdom, but seriously, that man is not remotely attractive. but then i guess Morgan Freeman’s GRANDDAUGHTER likes her’s a little OLD too!
She is Morgan Freeman’s granddaughter????
Isn’t morgan freeman engaged to his own granddaughter? i was just bringing in another young thang who is doing the geriatric set. i need to look for a pic of the granddaughter and morgan, i have heard of them but not seen a pic of her.
I could almost excuse him if they lured him to the GE and had the police there waiting for him. But to actually go to the police station? Incredible.
yes, it is kind of a mindboggler.
I guess both Freeman and Jackson have a little omph left in their phalos.
ok, that was clever, i will give you that ; )
Often those women who marry a man twice their age look plastic and just looking for a payout...but this? Good Lord, she looks like a sweet kid standing with her grandpa! What could she possibly see in that?
My son and I were just discussing music the other day - something came on the radio and I was telling him what we all used to do in a club (clapping over our heads at certain times) and he seemed surprised that it had been “club music” - I think he thought clubs were more specialized like they are now (country, or that techno crap, or just rap) - I told him we had all kinds of stuff, even the crappy songs to clear the dance floor so everyone would go buy a drink! ;^)
The club i mentioned yesterday to ConorMacnessa, Rumors, was one i used to go to when i was in law school. I am astounded it’s still there and functioning as a club. Xsteen said she wants to go. That was the very start of New Wave music, i remember being there, vividly. That’s what Norma and i were talking about this AM. i said where do people our age go to dance? She said they have things called Cabarets where a bunch of them rent out a church hall and have music and dance, about 4 x per year. She was going to look into it for me, i said my hub and i would probably be the only white people there but she said, no you wouldn’t, you would be surprised. She lives down in Warrenton, VA which is about an hour south of here. We couldn’t go to a young person’s club without looking like a cougar and besides, we want the old timey music. Looking at the songs along the side of that Chuck Brown Bustin Loose page, i see lots from my ipod and def stuff from back in my day! No one’s kids are getting married yet in my social set, so there aren’t even weddings to dance at. And xshub’s annual meeting had a MAGICIAN [rme] instead of a musical act this year. i have to wait for his southeast conference down at Amelia Island at the end of July and hope they got a shag band in for that! i will have to ask him.
i am LMAO at one of the commenter names on the youtube page— caucasian pinata ! great name for a band!!
I’m sure Freeman gets invited to all the best parties.
I’ve never been to a “club” in my life. Give me a bar with a jukebox and a pool table.
Seriously? Well you are in a small town aren’t you? XS and I are from the era of girls wearing dresses to clubs! Late 70’s/early 80’s - all sorts of music.
i don’t know what you consider a CLUB, but i am talking about Zelda’s Greenhouse, Peter’s Pub and i forget the one that was configured like a CHURCH in Oakland across the street from Zelda’s. Places to dance that sell alcohol. Maybe clubs are different today, i have no idea, not been inside one for 25+ yrs.
He went to college right up the street from where i did, in Pittsburgh, so he’s not been up in Jeanette, PA his entire life.
don’t worry, i have put in a text to Paula to ask about the place we used to go for happy hour that had sort of a medieval church theme. she must have someone up in the stirrups right now though, so i will let you know. i am wondering how we were able to drink. i never had a fake ID in my life, maybe i was 21 by senior year? i am asking Paula that too. was the drinking age always 21 in PA? I remember people used to road trip down to WV bc it was 18 there. you and explorer are both 10-15 years younger so it was prob diff by then anyway.
“Now, now. No need to be precipitate here” but he still got two years for salting his sale hogs.
Anyhow omphalos could be Um, fellows?, could be according the guys at the garage.
But since I'm the one paying for the breakfast bourbon we're going with, omphalos \OM-fuh-luhs , noun, like a navel.
Just don't tell the belly dancers performing at the Little Egypt Theater that you were just looking at their omphalos ‘cause they'll beat you like a rented mule.
Of course I have no idea what the drinking age was in PA, but in Texas it was 18 so my senior year in high school we started going to clubs on the weekends!
I used to go to some local places to see rock bands, mostly cover acts. But never to anything where people dance. I’m not even sure where I would go around here if I wanted such a thing.
When does xsboy come home? Do you have to go up to get him? Beware of Kamikaze Curve. Construction has made it even more dangerous.
A+ for you because it’s true.
The Panther Hollow Inn was the closest to campus and that was where CMU people hung out on Thursday nights to start the weekend. They made tasty Purple Hooters.
I lived in Shadyside the last 2 years. We would go to Joe’s, a dive bar in North Oakland to play pool and drink $1 Rolling Rocks.
I’m tossing you an A for wordplay.
just checked it was always 21 in PA. and the name of the place was THE SANCTUARY, paula was able to pull that up from the depths of her memory banks from 1978, we were both astounded that she remembered.
The drinking age in PA has been 21 since Prohibition ended. But even I, a young pup, turned 21 right before my Fall semester of senior year ended.
Ohio went from 19 to 21 right in the summer before I turned 19. My buddy was grandfathered in, so we used to road trip all the way there to buy beer.
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