A female friend was so glad because she has just learned what narcissism means.
It means “self-centered”, she said.
The meaning she almost yelled at me at the dining table is too broad. My Oxford dictionary offers a precise definition. “Excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance.”
The word came from Narcissus, the name of beautiful youth in Greek Mythology who fell in love with his own reflection in pool.
I rarely hear people who are glad in learning a new word.
There are thousands of words in my roster that I need to learn. To know their meaning and to be able to summon them in a snap whenever I need them.
(image by: merlijn enserink / cropping, mine)