A new word has entered our family lexicon over the last week. My daughter insists that there is a word either my wife or I have used after eating that is used to describe the sensation of being overly full.
I believe the word I would use is “stuffed” or maybe the colloquial phrase “fuller than a tick”. My wife would never eat to the point to feeling overly full, so I have no idea what she’d say. :o)
Still, if you try to convince her otherwise my daughter will become frustrated and cry (too many high fives?), so we’ve given up that battle and instead have adopted her made up word “wombient” to describe the sensation of being overly full.
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Yes. I am saying that my daughter believes we should push ourselves away from the table saying “Whew, I am so wombient I couldn’t eat another bite”.
As each of us wants our child to be successful within their society, and using made up words often precludes this goal, I am going to begin using the word wombient in everyday speech until it is either accepted or becomes one of those pop culture memes.
This seems like the perfect week to bring this new word up, as the root of it is clearly “womb”, which we associate with motherhood. And, you know, next weekend is Mother’s Day weekend. Also, interestingly, womb is derived from the old High German “wamba” which means belly. Hmmm. Perhaps she’s on to something?!??
The great thing about a word like wombient, and why I think my effort to sneak it into our culture will succeed, is that it can be applied to a wide range of things. Things like, I don’t know… musical styles. As in “I like the bands Yes and Pink Floyd, but have to admit that their late seventies efforts were a little too wombient for my taste”.
“I just can’t stand network TV any longer, it's too wombient with sex and violence”
“Autumn in Charlotte is great, but the air is wombient with humidity in the summer and wombient with pollen in the spring”
Wombient is pronounced “wahm-bee-yent”, in case you want to get on this bus early. You’d better hurry before the bus is so wombient that it’s standing room only.