Whereas the Uncanny exists in relation to the past, the Abcanny suggests a particular future. The flagship symbol of the Abcanny, the monster, derived from the Latin monstrum, meaning a portent or prodigy, from the verb monere, to warn. Like fear, a warning only makes rational sense if the event warned against has a non-negligible chance of coming true. But the Abcanny is never rational. The future assumed by the Abcanny is dependent on an unrealistic present which a monster or thing currently inhabits. The Uncanny does not make any assumptions of realism or its opposite. The Abcanny, however, does.