auger vs augur : Common Errors in English

About auger vs augur

An augur was an ancient Roman prophet, and as a verb the word means“foretell”—“their love augurs well for a successful marriage.” Don’tmix this word up with “auger,” a tool for boring holes. Some peoplemishear the phrase “augurs well” as “all goes well” and mistakenly usethat instead.

auger Meaning(s)

  • (n) a long flexible steel coil for dislodging stoppages in curved pipes
  • (n) hand tool for boring holes

augur Meaning(s)

  • (v) predict from an omen
  • (n) (ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy
  • (v) indicate by signs

auger in News


    BRIDGEPORT -- St. Vincent 's Medical Center will eliminate 100 positions this week, which could result in nearly 50 layoffs. Of those positions cut, 48 were filled with workers who would have to be laid off, said Diane Auger , vice president of St. Vincent's Health Services , of which the hospital is a part.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Connecticut Post

augur in News

  • The Taliban’s Qatar Office: Are Prospects for Peace Already Doomed?

    As far as diplomatic prospects go, the omens don’t augur well. On Tuesday, the Afghan Taliban announced the opening of their first political office in the Qatari capital, Doha. They cut a ribbon, played their anthem, hoisted the Taliban flag and signaled their readiness to meet for talks with foreign delegations, including U.S. officials, whose government is clearly itching for a way out of its ...
    on June 20, 2013 Source: via Yahoo! News

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