Word(s) of the Day: Auger v. Augur

Auger /ˈôɡər/

1. noun: a device with a helical (having the form of a helix; spiral) shaft or part that is used for boring holes

Horizontal auger boring has come a long way from its start in the coal mining industry in the early 1930s.” Howard L. Hartman, 1924 –

Augur /ˈôɡər/

1. noun: (in ancient Rome) a religious official who could foretell events by observing natural signs (usually birds) and omens

“… the augur Spurinna warned Caesar that the danger threatening him would not come later than the Ides of March.” from The Twelve Caesars, Suetonius, 70 CE – 130 CE

2. verb: (of an event or circumstance) foretell or predict a good or bad outcome by interpreting omens

In the unrest of the masses I augur great good. It is by their realizing that their condition of life is not what it ought to be that vast improvements may be accomplished.” Leland Stanford, 1824 – 1893