Sunday, September 08, 2013

Word of the Day: nephelococcygia

What's "the word I'm thinking of"? Today, it's....

nephelococcygia [NEF-el-o-kok-SIJ-ee-uh](noun)

Cloud gazing; the act of looking for and finding shapes in clouds. Also, when capitalized, the name of Cloud-Cuckoo-Land in Aristophanes' The Birds

"Terrence spent Saturday prostrate in the yard and in nephelococcygia, finding inspiration in the thunderheads."

I remember seeing a lot of things in clouds as a kid: faces, cities, fabulous beasts. I can't really do that anymore, which is sad. Now I just see water vapor, though I still can't quite believe, sometimes, that I couldn't sit on one of those diaphanous thrones if I could just get up there.

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't even close. It's nice to know the actual name of one of my favorite tween years activities.


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