It’s wintertime and hibernation is the new favorite national pastime. Staples include Netflix, chill (literally, it’s chilly), comfort food, and navigating what feels like the early-afternoon nightfall. Around this time of year there will undoubtedly be numerous casual mentions of the word “coma”, and we decided to feature the top usages, from our perspective, below. Quick irrelevant background information: “coma” means “hair” in Ancient Greek, “deep sleep” in modern Greek, and in Latin means “hair of the head.” So, do with that what you will.
This is probably the most-frequently referenced coma option, and we’ve all experienced it at some point or another. The holidays offer the critical combination of extended time indoors, time with difficult people that may result in stress eating, situations where awkward small talk is happening and can be avoided by getting more food, cooler weather requiring some extra fat for warmth, and the tradition of cooking/baking a lot of rich foods for celebrations. This coma seems kind of inevitable. And if you’re the type of person to bring a veggie platter to a holiday party, please see yourself out.
If you prefer all things cosmic, you can lean into the astronomical meaning of “coma”, which is a cloud of dust surrounding the nucleus of a comet. How celestial! Sounds kind of like the comet’s aura, if you will. We don’t know about auras or comets, so take everything we say about either with a grain of salt. Or – dust ;) Speaking of things pseudo-celestial, see our holiday horoscope guide for those of you into things being out of your control, for whatever reason.
You know when people get really upset over the Oxford comma? Like, so upset that they want to fight about it with strangers? Sometimes, this condition can verge into unhealthy territory (which, if any people are coming to mind, are likely textbook examples of the unhealthy variety), and can push otherwise healthy individuals into a comatose state, which is the lesser-known Oxford Coma. It’s not discussed enough, but we’re doing our part to raise awareness. It’s also a sick little joke that comma and coma are so close in spelling, and not at all why this com(m)a was accidentally chosen for this list, in ANY way.
Apparently in Latin this literally means “having hair neatly curled”. How could you not like that? A perfect holiday word, because we all would like neatly curled hair for Santa / your weird aunt who likes to take too many pictures of you. It is also a taxonomic genus in the class Crinoidea, which is comprised of what, to our plebeian eyes, look to be sea stars. That’s as scientific as this list gets.
This lovely tourist destination is near and dear to our hearts, although none of us has ever been. That minor detail aside, we hear the Glass Museum is a must-see and there’s even a Bridge of Glass, designed in close collaboration with well-known glass artist Dave Chihuly. Glass bridges seems sketchy but we’ll go with it, Tacoma. It’s also a midsized port city, which is hard to beat! Who doesn’t love a medium-sized urban area where you can watch boats if you’re bored? Count us in.
If you have a coma you’d like us to consider, please let us know by carrier pigeon. We love your feedback, the above comas, really good bedding, and evidently the Oxford comma.
Happy overeating – and, if you try these sheets, oversleeping – season!