nephelococcygia

cool word of the day, inspired in part by the sixth picture in sirenity‘s entry here.

Nephelococcygia (Noun) – [ne-fê-lê-kê-‘si-jee-yê]

Definition 1: (Literally, “Cloud-cuckoosville”) Interpreting the shapes of clouds.

Definition 2: La-la land, a dreamland cut off from reality.

Usage 2: Nephelococcygia was dreamed up by Aristophanes for his comedy, “The Birds” (414 BC). In this play, two characters turn into birds and immediately begin planning a city (never realized), which they decide to call “Nephelococcygia.” Capitalize the word if it refers to the imaginary city. The adjective would be “nephelococcygic,” as in “Fred is suffering nephelococcygic delusions.”

Seven syllables. Perfect for center placement in a haiku.

I find some fascinating shapes in clouds, fire, wood grain, paint whorls, puddle reflections and Newton stripes….

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