Otherworldly Words: Presentiment

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.

Presentiment comes from a Latin root, meaning to “feel or perceive.” Adding pre- to the word sentiment gives one the sense that something otherworldly has influenced your feeling, offering you knowledge of what is yet to come.

All those centuries ago, if Caesar has simply heeded the feelings of the soothsayer, he wouldn’t have been left whispering , “Et tu, Brute?”

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