auger, augur

   "The results do not auger well for the President in the forthcoming midterm election" [Guardian). Wrong. Auger is not a verb; it is a drilling tool. To foretell or betoken, the sense intended in the example, is to augur, with a u. The two words are not related.

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  • auger / augur —    An auger is a tool used for digging holes: If you want to ice fish, you need to first drill a hole in the ice with an auger.    Augur means to predict, forecast : Leroy s inheritance augured happiness for him in the near future …   Confused words

  • auger — auger, augur Auger is an Old English word for a tool for boring holes. Augur, from the Latin word for soothsayer, is used occasionally to mean a prophet, but is more usual as a verb in the expressions augur well and augur ill, meaning ‘to portend …   Modern English usage

  • augur — auger, augur Auger is an Old English word for a tool for boring holes. Augur, from the Latin word for soothsayer, is used occasionally to mean a prophet, but is more usual as a verb in the expressions augur well and augur ill, meaning ‘to portend …   Modern English usage

  • Auger (disambiguation) — Auger can refer to: *Auger, a device for moving material or liquid by means of a rotating helical flighting *Auger shell, a gray or brown shell commonly found at the beach *The Auger weapon, a rifle in the game which drills through walls.*People… …   Wikipedia

  • auger —  , augur  An auger is a tool for boring holes in wood or soil; an augur is a prophet or soothsayer. The two words are not related. Auld Lang Syne. (Scot.) Literally old long since ; traditional endof year song with words by Robert Burns …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Augur (disambiguation) — Augur can refer to: *Augur, a public official in ancient Rome *The eighth month of the fictional Zork calendar. *A fictional weapon from the video game, . *Christopher C. Augur, American Civil War officer.ee also* Auger, a cylindrical device for… …   Wikipedia

  • auger — augur …   American English homophones

  • augur — auger …   American English homophones

  • auger(s) — augur(s) …   English homophone dictionary

  • Augur — Not to be confused with auger or agar. For other uses, see Augur (disambiguation). Augury redirects here. For the band, see Augury (band). An augur holding a lituus, the curved wand often used as a symbol of augury on Roman coins The augur… …   Wikipedia

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