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."
The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
WFB's attempt to emulate us ; ) No pushing at the door please!
He’s been home since last Saturday. Xshub had been up the week before to get a load of his stuff, no tickets were had by either of them. thanks be to God.
A for you!
Tigger was my favorite. A+ for you!
Freshman year my room mate and i, both premed majors, volunteered at St Es hosp. We would always pass this bar on the bus back and once we decided we would go in an order drinks. Tom Collins [not a dead giveaway that we were underage drinkers] and we were served. it was tasty. we thought we were grown.
Paula said they were more lenient with hot women like us. LMAO! i know i didn’t have a fake ID, she thinks she might have, but i swear i don’t recall them being a thing at all back then.
Little did you know that pretty much any girl can get into any party at any frat at CMU on any weekend and drink for free.
Met a nice Carlow girl one night, homecoming queen from Freeport. Never saw her again.
I was always the youngest when we went out since I started school at 4. Drinking ages were 18 back in the day. I never had a fake ID but always had friends who could walk into a liquor store and get whatever you wanted. That was when cherry brandy was considered a classy choice. ROR!
never in PA, forch or unforch!
dang, remember grain alcohol mixed with hawaiian punch? eeks.
You must be in heaven, all your chicks home.
We were nearly killed there a week or so ago. Some idiot was in the wrong lane and just swung over into ours. Had to slam on the brakes with cars coming up behind us. Geez. Scared me to death. I screamed in terror. Was shaking for miles down the road. Thank God we weren’t hit.
Could be worse. You could have hit a moose and shown up for work 25 miles later with no memory of it.
Was it “bohunkus”? That’s the word we use around here, thanks to Hank the Cowdog.
The omphalos for trouncing Obama and the Dems at the polls in November and making them pariahs is to save this once great nation from these evil leftist ideologues.
and who says women can’t get to work on time? what a woman!
thank GOD, how scary for you!
I figure if they knew how to write, they wouldn’t be in TV news.
yinz prob already know but i have definitively determined that although today is 40 days after Easter, Ascension is not celebrated today but rather, at least in the Arlington diocese, on Sunday.
The Rapture will be on a Thursday, and y’all are gonna miss it. LOL
Done with what little work I had for the day-how did the newest puppy do on his walk? My daughter and I still love the Hank the Cowdog books, by the way.
Obama’s minions seem uncertain
Of the omphalos of his campaign
Changing gears at warp speed
To follow the best money gain
It is all about his ego trip
And trying to fool all of us-
And if a team member disagrees
He gets thrown right under the bus
Holder probably will be next
If Obama follows Nixon’s scheme-
So far that seems to be the case,
With paranoia becoming extreme
There is a sign in the church parking lot to remind everyone that Ascension will be celebrated on Sunday here, too.
I was sad to hear that Donna Summer succumbed to cancer after a long battle. One of mine and my daughter’s favorite funny memories involves daughter as a youngster, and her best friend listening to a Donna Summer album on a trip to New Mexico with my first husband and I to visit relatives and go skiing.
It was late at night and my husband was taking his turn driving, and my daughter and her friend were in the back of the suburban listening to a Donna Summer tape. We were somewhere in the deserted area between Pecos and Orla on 285, and it had just started snowing a bit, when we noticed that the kids were playing “Bad Girls” again and again-and yet again.
I said okay, kids, time to turn that off, roll up in your blankets and let us listen to our music (there was no radio reception way out there). They complied, we put on a tape of ours and started singing along to AC/DC. In the background, we heard the girls quietly chanting “beep beep, toot toot”, and we told them to shut it down several times, but they kept it up.
After awhile, my husband practically slammed on the brakes, pulled to the side of the road and said listen you two, one more beep beep, one more toot toot-and you will be out of this truck and walking all the way to Ruidosa in the snow.
My daughter and I still laugh about that every time we talk about the family trips we took.
Obama's press agent a birther a decade and and a half early...
Was he lying then, or is he lying now?
Lord I hated (and still hate) that ****ing film.
A for you and welcome to WFTD!
A+ for you!
People like these aren’t the omphalus of the world, rather the anus:
A+ for you. We had a power surge here earlier and I was offline all day. New dog didn’t make a peep last night when he was put in his kennel, which he goes into now when you say “kennel”. The youngest taught him that yesterday afternoon in about 15 minutes. And we found out last night, he knows how to roll over and does it gladly for a piece of banana bread. I jogged him this morning with me and then walked him for the last mile and a half, to cool down. Saw someone else who said he worked at the shelter and recognized him and was glad he has a home now. He is excellent with everyone except our cat, who I haven’t seen all day. I wish that part was going better.
A++, including the tag!
Like BO himself, I have no clue where he was hatched.
What a funny memory!
What the heck is a “peloton?” Dictionary says it’s ornamental glass made in Bohemia in the late 19th century.
Smart dog and a people pleaser-I’m so glad that he is turning out to be such a good companion. From my own experiences, I’m guessing that the cat is planning a new strategy to get the upper hand-they just seem to do that with dogs.
Have you ever watched part of the Tour de France? Or Olympic bike races? They use all kinds of lingo.
Mainly, the cat has been stalking out secure hiding spots and not budging for 8 hours at a time. We’re giving him more attention because he’s used to having his run of the house, but he’d prefer not to climb into the underside of the recliner and stay there all day. This morning, he’s behind the dryer and it’s laundry day, which he HATES. Poor kitty.
One of my favorite words is “omphaloskepsis” which means contemplation of one’s navel. To be said of non-productive co-workers.
They probably think you’re complimenting them. A for you!
Your cat has my sympathy, too-patience-it will resolve.
When we got Husky girl as a puppy, she drove our cat (we only had one then)to spend most of his day under the bed in the guest room, only coming out when the dog was either outdoors or asleep. that weent on for a couple of weeks. One day, the cat was coming out of the utility room after eating when Husky girl went charging at him. Instead of the usual retreat, the cat jumped at her, boxed her nose and chased her into the master bedroom. Their relationship improved rapidly after that.
I hope that happens soon. The cat was here first. I will protect him and keep him safe until he figures out how they will coexist.
I hope so, too, so peace will reign again at your house. The dog needs a set-down from the cat so he does not continue to regard him as a prey item/toy.