Sep 1, 2007

Rapid Rhetoric: MANTIC

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Raphael's depiction of Plato defining the difference between true and false rhetoric This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

mantic (MAN-tick) adj. possessing powers of divination or prophecy; divinely inspired; relating to prophecy; prophetic; having the characteristics of a prophet or prophecy.

The word mantic is a direct borrowing from the Greek word mantikos, which is the adjectival form of mantis ("seer"). Practitioners of mantic behavior are soid to be adherents to manticism, and there is also an adverbial form of the word, mantically.

Modern companies profit from the continued interest in the art (or hokum, if you prefer) of divination. I might be all ears to the possibilities of manticism if, for example, mantic practitioners could accurately foretell the scores of Penn State football games.

Placing enough correct bets from mantic sources would no doubt lead to a manic phase on my part, but that is another story altogether.

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