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I don't know if this is a real word, but when I was in high school my teacher had a Word-a-Day vocabulary calendar. She read us a word one day with a definition of "To contemplate one's navel for cosmic significance" or something similar. I forget the word, and have not found it since.

Seems like I remember the word starting with an 'O'.

Does this word exist? What is it?

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Sounds like navel-gazing to me.

–noun Slang.
excessive absorption in self-analysis or focus on a single issue.

Edit: Starting with an 'O', I'll go with omphaloskepsis. It's the fancy Greek term for navel-gazing :).

–noun
contemplation of one's navel as part of a mystical exercise.

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Seems like I remember the word starting with an 'O'. I added that to the question. I don't recall it having 'navel' in the word either. Thanks though! –  Jim McKeeth May 17 '11 at 3:15
    
Ah, then I suggest omphaloskepsis. Answer edited accordingly. –  ajk May 17 '11 at 3:20
    
Ah, that does appear to be what I remember! Thanks! –  Jim McKeeth May 17 '11 at 3:21

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