Each of the optical units that make up the compound eye of an insect.Origin
Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek ommatidion, diminutive of omma, ommat- ‘eye’.
To get a good look at an ommatidium, one must use a good magnifying glass or a dissecting microscope. Flies care nothing for that, simply using their compound eyes to judge your swatting motion so they can jump the opposite direction.
My daughter has announced that she cannot read these words of the day “any more”!
She does not like bugs, especially big ones. I told her that today’s illustration bug was not a big one, but that doesn’t matter.
When we learn a new word, it comes in with baggage. Perhaps it is attached to a happy circumstance and the word will go on with a happy association when we encounter it or use it later.
Sometimes words will cascade around us, appearing in a blog post…and a news article…and in the latest novel we are reading. Those coincidental finds help to cement a new word into our Vast Fund of General Information (VFOGI) because we seem almost inundated with the word all at once.
Sometimes a word is like todays with an interesting sound. It is always helpful to be sure to speak the new words aloud, and it also helps to write a sentence or two using the word. Those actions help the brain synapses to make the network of connections which build new ideas into our thought patterns.
Making an illustration, as I try to do with each of these words, is another way to build the patterns.
Smell is one of the most powerful cross-links which can make a word or a moment in our life stick strongly in memory.
The more pathways through many senses, the better.
Other times, a word will pass almost silently through our perception. That makes it less likely to stick. Sad, really.
Good luck with today’s word and all the others.