Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Augering Augurs Well?

Augur ('o-g&r): noun
Etymology: Latin; akin to Latin augEre
1 : an official diviner of ancient Rome
2 : one held to foretell events by omens

Augur ('o-g&r): verb
transitive senses
1 : to foretell especially from omens
2 : to give promise of : PRESAGE
intransitive senses : to predict the future especially from omens

Auger ('o-g&r): noun
Etymology: Middle English, alteration (resulting from false division of a nauger) of nauger, from Old English nafogAr; akin to Old High German nabugEr auger, Old English nafu nave, gAr spear -- more at NAVE, GORE
: any of various tools or devices having a helical shaft or member that are used for boring holes (as in wood, earth, or ice) or moving loose material (as snow).
also: n. Means of spending an evening (e.g., March 22, 2005): buy $40 in plumbing tools; stick auger down bathtup drain; curse softly as fingers are caught in stainless-steel wire; finally pull up black, baseball-sized clot of human hair; rinse drain and tub; celebrate plumbing accomplishment with a bit of Maker's Mark pipecleaner


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