Skip to comments.Word for the Day, Monday, December 21, 2009-- augur
Posted on 12/21/2009 5:14:19 AM PST by xsmommy
Word For The Day, Monday, 12/21/09
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
noun 1. one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs. 2. soothsayer; prophet. verb (used with object) 3. to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate. 4. to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken: Mounting sales augur a profitable year. verb (used without object) 5. to conjecture from signs or omens; predict. 6. to be a sign; bode: The movement of troops augurs ill for the peace of the area.
Etymology:c.1374 (implied in augury), from L. augur, a religious official in ancient Rome who foretold events by interpreting omens, perhaps originally meaning "an increase in crops enacted in ritual," in which case it probably is from Old L. *augos (gen. *augeris) "increase," and is related to augere "increase" (see augment). The more popular theory is that it is from L. avis "bird," since flights, singing, and feeding of birds or entrails from bird sacrifices were an important part of divination (cf. auspicious). The second element would be from garrire "to talk." The verb is 1549, from the noun.
Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence.
The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day.
The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....
Here is my example with WFTD.
This footstep on the path of socialism does not augur well for our country.
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
No pushing at the door please!
Neither snow, nor sleet, nor freezing rain will keep me from opening the classroom. Which reminds me, we didn’t have a mail delivery on Saturday during our blizzard.
“The United States shall be destroyed from within.” The auguries spoke, and they are accurate. Thanks Harry, you corrupt POS.
it is so demoralizing; to be held captive in the house this past weekend and seeing this travesty play out. A+++
nifty tagline ; )
Barack goes to Copenhagen because ‘the planet has a fever’ and DC gets buried in snow.
The Big Guy Upstairs has a great sense of humor.
Seriously! i imagine he was out shoveling the circular driveway yesterday just like xshub, RME.
God bless you up there, I’ll happily never see snow again. It augurs back pain.
i have some, in my lower back. i feel reasonably sure that xshub will be a cripple when he wakes up.
Hey, Winter officially begins 12:47 eastern. 88 days until Spring.
that sounds so long though!
I lived in Montana for 5 years and NEVER missed a mail delivery.
The latest round of FR purges don’t augur well for the future. Evos, Mormons, and Romneybots have all bitten the dust. Just keeping my comments to medical matters and the occasional Potterfest. I’d hate for the mods to start purging moon-landing deniers or vaccine proponents.
And chasing women.
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
I will augur that many of our classmates will confuse this word with its homonym, auger, a device consisting of a shaft with a broad helical flange rotating within a cylindrical casing to force bulk materials from one end to the other. Which reminds me of a certain procedure from last week...
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