Word #7: “autophagy” (n.)


  1. The action of feeding upon oneself; spec. metabolic consumption of the body’s own tissue, as in starvation or certain diseases.


Image of “Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War),” 1936, by Salvador Dalí, on exhibit (last I checked) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Apparently, if one happens to be an octopus, the act is literally common within a lifespan; among humans, however, (as the Catalonian so vividly demonstrates) the concept is disturbing even at the arms-length of a metaphor.