- Contemplation of or meditation upon one’s navel; navel-gazing.
- (Figuratively) Ratiocination to the point of self-absorption.
“If the committee gets bogged down with omphaloskepsis, we’ll never get to a vote.”
“I could spend all weekend lost in omphaloskepsis if I don’t make a plan.”
“He’s guilty of omphaloskepsis when it comes to making little decisions, but he has no problem with the big ones.”
Why this word?
The layman’s translation of “omphaloskepsis” is “navel-gazing,” a term coined to describe a fixation with oneself, or with just one issue instead of a larger picture at hand. From the Greek, “omphalós” means “navel” and “sképsis” means “perception, reflection.” Navel-gazing is mostly used negatively, as the gazer often doesn’t act on their reflections, but “omphaloskepsis” is just the kind of over-the-top word needed to add some levity to the observation. “I need to quit my omphaloskepsis and start the laundry!”
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