(Latin: to look, to observe in order to make a prediction; to see omens; from auspex [genitive form auspicis] avi-, stem of avis, "bird" plus -spex, "observer", from specere)
2. Not conducive to success; unpromising; contrary to one's interests or welfare.
The augur is now reversing his previous auspicious interpretation of the birds in flight so that the situation is now inauspicious.
Bird Poops On President Bush During Rose Garden Press Conference
Was this an Example of an Inauspicious Moment?
An outdoor news conference in perfect spring weather, with birds chirping loudly in the magnolia trees, is not without its hazards.
As President Bush took a question Thursday (May 24, 2007) in the White House Rose Garden about scandals involving his Attorney General, he remarked, "I've got confidence in Al Gonzales doin' the job."
Simultaneously, a sparrow flew overhead and left a splash on the President's left sleeve, which Bush tried several times to wipe off.
Deputy White House Press Secretary promptly put the incident through the proper spin cycle, telling ABC News, "It was his lucky day... everyone knows that's a sign of good luck."
Obviously, the Press Secretary did not recognize the inauspiciousness of the moment!
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Since when is it good luck to have a bird fly over and take a crap on you? These people will lie about anything. Watching Bozo trying to wipe it off with his bare hand made me sick! Yuck!
I guess they'll have to set up a "bird-free zone" in the future to protect the President from signs and portents in such form.
Do we remember the space shuttle that disintegrated over Texas before the Iraqi war started? Believe in signs anyone?
2. Ill-omened; unfavorable possibilities.