Revisiting 14: belly buttons

In my recent tortellini posting (on the 4th, “I say it sounds yucky and I say the hell with it”), I quoted from the Wikipedia article:

Tortellini [and their larger versions tortelloni] are ring-shaped pasta, sometimes also described as “navel shaped”, hence their alternative name of “belly button” (ombelico).

Now metaphoric navels (informally, belly buttons) have come up on this blog before, in a 10/26/10 posting “The counterpart of phallic symbol”:

Chicken vegetable tortellini soup

where I suggest the term omphalic symbol (the navel, metaphorically extendable to a sexcavital symbol), an analogy you can appreciate by studying the tortellini in the soup above.


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