Word Monger Monday: What is narthex?

Welcome to Treasure Contained‘s very first edition of Word-Monger Monday! Sounds exciting, right? Well—don’t knock it till you try it. Before we get started, let me explain the inevitable “why?” by spelling out for you my particular brand of nerdiness.

I’m simply fascinated with language!

I am compelled to try to read and understand product labels written in languages I never learned. I have been known to do leisurely reading from the dictionary for extended periods of time. The part of the sermon when the pastor pulls out the Greek and Hebrew is my favorite part. One of my greatest thrills is seeing connections between words and putting together the pieces of an etymological puzzle—all on my own. Then there is that special moment of gloating when I check the online etymology resources and discover that I was right—such a precious feeling. It is second only to dear hubby’s willingness to always be impressed, in spite of being mystified as to why I enjoy such things.

Last week, in casual conversation, my friend used the word ‘narthex’. She just dropped it and went right on. Whoa-whoa-whoa! I don’t know that word. What the heck is a narthex? So today, I’d like to play a little balderdash-type game with ya’all.

If you know the definition of narthex, please leave a comment—including the definition. (This is on the honor system; if you google it, you’re the one who has to live with your conscience.) If you don’t know, I’d still like you to play. Please make up a goofy or even likely sounding definition and comment it. If you are usually a facebook commenter, please comment on this page instead so we can all see your genius.

Later today, I will be posting the true definition. If you already posted the correct answer, I will publicly admit that you are a clever bugger and you know more than I do. Please participate if you are at all inclined—make this poor word-nerd happy!

So without further ado…what is narthex?


15 thoughts on “Word Monger Monday: What is narthex?”

    1. Jesse – I think you may be on to something. The word for ‘nose’ in Spanish is ‘nariz’. Thus the suggestion of the snoring medication ‘nar-thex’ is a possibility we shouldn’t sneeze at! 🙂

  1. So, I would like to the know the context in which the word was used as that would help tremendously. But here is my guess- which is ona similar train of thought as Jesse, which I had before I read his educated guess.

    narthex: one who enjoys sleeping more than the state of being awake.

    Now on to Google….

  2. Jamie – So how would you say that?
    I experienced a real narthex today? Or maybe – After considering all the options, I found myself in a total state of narthex?

  3. Whoops! Missed the game, but I admit, I’m guilty of reading foreign candy wrappers, too. I found my maiden name on one: Hasselnotter. Guess it’s true that my family is like fruit and fiber: Fruity (Bartlett pears), nutty (Hasselnotter= hazelnut), and flaky ( ;

    Love the words, Crystal

  4. Em – So does the family name Notter really come from a country where “notter” means “nut”? Its funny that your family tree has two food names.
    We like geographical names in our family. Moore means “coastal swamplands” and Rodli means “red hill”.

  5. By request I an reposting here-you touch on my Lutheran upbringing! It is the “outer court” area of the church building-we would call it the entrance or lobby area-before entering into the sanctuary. :0) Also called the foyer.

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