WoD – The Navel Gnome

Happy new year!

So today I am wondering about lint.  More specifically, the little lint that somehow gathers in people’s belly button.  (Perhaps this is my little version of “navel gazing…”)  How does it do that?  I mean, where does it come from?  Obviously our shirts, right?  I did a highly unscientific poll the other day and discovered that women (ok ok, this one woman) doesn’t get a little lint ball in her navel.  So it is men only, I guess.

But how does it gather together in a neat, almost woven-like way, and form a soft little ball all curled up in there?  And then it hit me.  Elves.  Or even better, a gnome!  There must be little belly button gnomes, who live in the navel and gather little pieces of cotton from our shirts, and then stitch them together like a little bird making a comfy nest out of twigs.  Maybe it’s like his bedding.  Besides, it’s cozy, warm, and sheltered in there, right?  It just has to be gnomes.

So there you have it – navel lint balls come from little gnomes that live in our belly button.  This is the only logical explanation, right?  Ok, now back to work everyone…

Tuesday:

PLYOTKE-MAKHER  (PLYOHTkeh MAHkhehr)

A malicious gossiper

Word got around town in one day, thanks to that plyotke-makher.

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4 Responses to “WoD – The Navel Gnome”


  1. 1 Paul Gregson-Allcott March 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    This is proof to me that the World is full of coincidences and the Internet can just about conceive of anything.

    This is because…

    Me and my fiancee have been discussing the little belly button gnomes for about two years and just for fun, we decided to do a google search to find out if anyone else had thought of this. Lo and behold, there are a few people who have realised how all the lint is collected.

    We think they must mine the fluff/lint and use it to make duvets, cushions, clothes and all manner of linty marvels for all the gnomes of the world. In fact, we live in a symbiotic relationship with gnomekind, for without male humans, the gnomes of the world would be naked as their lint source dried up.

    Who would have thought it, a fellow believer!

    Paul, Leeds, United Kingdom.

    • 2 Paul Gregson-Allcott March 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Additionally, my fiancee doesn’t get lint in her belly buton either. So to support your earlier hypothesis, it must just be males who get the gnomes.

  2. 3 Yiddish WoD March 8, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    The internet is, truly, a marvel. And perhaps I should add Google. You type in two arbitrary and improbably-connected words like “navel” and “gnome” and voila! you are presented with this random blog about Yiddish words and funny, quirky observations on life. From two years ago, no less!

    Paul, thank you for finding this, reading it, and hopefully enjoying it. And for your support of all the navel gnomes the world over, of course…


  1. 1 WoD – Remember the Navel Gnome? « The Yiddish WoD Trackback on March 22, 2012 at 9:59 am

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