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Probably not that auspicious really

posted 20 Nov 2012, 00:44 by Sandra Kirby   [ updated 22 Nov 2012, 20:55 by Tony Kirby ]
I heard today that the word auspicious which now commonly means "sign of a bright future" actually has its origins in Greek fortune telling.  Auspicions actually divined the future by reading the flight patterns of birds

A fortune teller is said to disambiguate which is quite a word in itself