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Top 10 Unusually Long and Interesting Words, Vol. 2

Goto next slide#1: 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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