Otherworldly Words: Premonition

Many people’s minds turn to basketball during this time of year. Not mine. I think of Julius Caesar and the dire warning to “beware the Ides of March.” So March is the perfect month for #Otherworldly Words to explore the vocabulary of warnings. Each word in this group foretells something wicked this way coming.

While ominous indicates a “sign” from somewhere else, such as “ominous waves beating the shore,” a premonition comes from within. Like other words in this category, a prefix added to a root, creates a new word that foretells. Here, the Late Latin root prae + monere  bring “before” and “advise” together.

I have a premonition that more words of warning are coming this month!

Previously in March:


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