Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Greek, 1920s
Denoting or relating to language used for general purposes of social interaction, rather than to convey information or ask questions.
Examples of Phatic in a sentence
"Ariana wasn’t a fan of phatic phrases from her students."
"Tenelle always greeted people with one-word phatic utterances."
Popularity Over Time
This term was coined by Polish-born British anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski, stemming from the Greek “phatos,” meaning "spoken, that may be spoken."
Did you Know?
It seems safe to assume that “emphatic” comes from the same roots as “phatic.” Guess again. While “phatic” comes from the Greek “phatos” (meaning spoken), “emphatic” comes from the Latinized form of the Greek “emphatikos,” a variant of “emphantikos.” That originated from “emphainein” (emphasis) and “emphatical,” an earlier usage that means "strongly expressive."