"With officials still grappling to divine the factors steepening the yield curve, a speedy decision on whether to ramp up the Treasury debt purchase program or the related plan to snap up mortgage-related debt seems unlikely."
Divine, as in divination...as in the prophetic method used by the Roman priests to tell the Caesars what the upcoming warring season would bring.
Here's a dictionary definition (from Webster's):
- Middle English divinacioun, from Latin divination-, divinatio, from divinare
- 14th century
- 1: the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers
2: unusual insight : intuitive perception
Things are so economically bad in this country that our Ivy-trained economists are no more useful at telling us what is going on than the Horoscopes.
Sweet dreams are made of these...