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Offline hexa

« on: June 24, 2020, 05:03:24 PM »
I want to write "the fortuneteller is didactic."  Is that appropriate?  Can a fortuneteller be didactic?

It is for a script about fringe religious groups.  The fortuneteller is like an Oracle at Delphi

Offline Skip

Re: didactic
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2020, 05:29:19 PM »
Didactic means teaching, usually moralistic teaching. That's not how I picture the oracle at Delphi.

What actual characteristics does this fortuneteller have? Tell us more about her or him, and maybe we can be more constructive.

Also, if I were describing a person whose role was moralistic teaching, I'd say that person was a didact. Not that they were didactic.
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Re: didactic
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2020, 05:32:39 PM »
So, “didactic” means...
intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive.

I could imagine a fortune teller being didactic, if she was secretly trying to convince her clients of some moral actions they should take.  Essentially, not a story teller, but a fake one, parading moral instruction as a message from the spirit world.
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Offline hexa

Re: didactic
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2020, 05:35:21 PM »
I am trying to say that the fortuneteller does not limit herself to cold predictions of the future, but also teaches religious ideas.

It would be like John of God.  The fortuneteller is named Duma, residing in the nation of Peru.

I am using the form didactic because the script writes it as an adjective.  Didact is a noun.

Offline Skip

Re: didactic
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2020, 05:38:37 PM »
Well, you can write it, but as it stands the sentence doesn't say much. It uses "was" instead of a more active verb. In general, I think most editors would suggest *showing* the fortuneteller doing more than just foretelling the future rather than trying to make a single word do the work.

But the sentence is valid.
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Offline hexa

Re: didactic
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2020, 06:01:46 PM »
Thank you