omphaloskeptic love

Definitions

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  • n. One who contemplates or meditates upon one's navel; one who engages in omphaloscopy.
  • adj. Likely to, prone to, or engaged in contemplating or meditating upon one's navel.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ὀμφαλός (omphalos, "navel") + σκέψις (skepsis, "perception, reflection") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Stalinist-Maoist inspiration was in emulation of the paranoid and omphaloskeptic regime in Albania - but it owed its existence to

    Terrorists and Freedom Fighters

  • The KLA's Stalinist - Maoist inspiration was in emulation of the paranoid and omphaloskeptic regime in Albania - but it owed its existence to Belgrade's intransigence.

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  • Indeed, many Irish people refer to the non-Irish nations of Europe collectively as "the Continent", thereby implying that Ireland itself is somehow a nation apart. possibly this goes with being an island nation. I'm pretty sure that the mental image most people associate with the phrase "The Continent" does not, for instance, include Iceland.

    Possibly "the Continent" is a European analogy of "the lower 48".

    December 1, 2007

  • Steven Goldstein, formerly nsf Program Officer for International Networking, was the primary nsf contact for nordunet for many years. In his view, nordunet in the early 1990s was clearly
    distinguished from other European networks: “nordunet seemed to be the only networking organization in Europe that understood the real world. The rest of Europe at the time was mired in
    omphaloskeptic network protocol politics over the osi suite, ptt monopolistic intransigence, and hierarchic government sponsor control. I can recall one nordunet meeting in Helsinki where one
    of the speakers kept referring to ‘nordunet and Europe’ – down there, pointing as if there were a map on the whiteboard – as if they were very separate and distinct entities.�?

    The History of Nordunet.

    November 30, 2007