Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
Lizet Elaine
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Word of the Day 02/03/19 Phatic

Phatic (adjective)
phatic [fat-ik]


adjective
1. denoting speech used to express or create an atmosphere of shared feelings, goodwill, or sociability rather than to impart information: phatic communion.


Origin: 1923; probably < Greek phat(ós ) spoken, capable of being spoken (verbid of phánai to speak; cf. prophet) + -ic; coined (in phrase phatic communion ) by Bronislaw Malinowski

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