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From Grammarist.com

Quote:Auger vs. augur
Auger always related to tools and engineering. Some augers are drill bits, others are used to bore holes in wood or ice, and others are used to unclog toilets. The word can also be a verb meaning to use an auger. Augur always relates to premonition. As a verb, it means (1) to predict or foretell or (2) to be an omen. As a noun, augur denotes something that is ominous or that serves as a bellwether.

Unsurprisingly, auger is often used in place of augur—for example:

But the fact the club was not even given a First Division licence would not auger well for its chances of overturning the decision at appeal. [Irish Times]

But anyone who glanced at the stat sheet saw another number that augered well for ODU. [The Virginian-Pilot]

The mistaken use of augur in place of auger is less common than the reverse error, perhaps because writers who use auger often have know-how when it comes to tools and engineering.

I don't think I've ever written augur, go know. Smile Thank you, tiger.
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(02-25-2015, 12:12 AM)ellajam Wrote:  From Grammarist.com

Quote:Auger vs. augur
Auger always related to tools and engineering. Some augers are drill bits, others are used to bore holes in wood or ice, and others are used to unclog toilets. The word can also be a verb meaning to use an auger. Augur always relates to premonition. As a verb, it means (1) to predict or foretell or (2) to be an omen. As a noun, augur denotes something that is ominous or that serves as a bellwether.

Unsurprisingly, auger is often used in place of augur—for example:

But the fact the club was not even given a First Division licence would not auger well for its chances of overturning the decision at appeal. [Irish Times]

But anyone who glanced at the stat sheet saw another number that augered well for ODU. [The Virginian-Pilot]

The mistaken use of augur in place of auger is less common than the reverse error, perhaps because writers who use auger often have know-how when it comes to tools and engineering.

I don't think I've ever written augur, go know. Smile Thank you, tiger.

Hysterical Thank you, Ella. I learned something too. Look what a pun can do!!
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(02-25-2015, 12:12 AM)ellajam Wrote:  From Grammarist.com

Quote:Auger vs. augur
Auger always related to tools and engineering. Some augers are drill bits, others are used to bore holes in wood or ice, and others are used to unclog toilets. The word can also be a verb meaning to use an auger. Augur always relates to premonition. As a verb, it means (1) to predict or foretell or (2) to be an omen. As a noun, augur denotes something that is ominous or that serves as a bellwether.

Unsurprisingly, auger is often used in place of augur—for example:

But the fact the club was not even given a First Division licence would not auger well for its chances of overturning the decision at appeal. [Irish Times]

But anyone who glanced at the stat sheet saw another number that augered well for ODU. [The Virginian-Pilot]

The mistaken use of augur in place of auger is less common than the reverse error, perhaps because writers who use auger often have know-how when it comes to tools and engineering.

I don't think I've ever written augur, go know. Smile Thank you, tiger.

this does not augur well for my hobby as a furniture maker
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or as an ice-fisherman
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#5
Or a plumber (though you very noticeably skipped that definition)
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#6
Both my grandfathers were plumbers, my parents met in a plumbing supply shop. Big Grin

Did you know the correct spelling of augur? I couldn't figure out why the omen part wouldn't come up in the def of auger.
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(02-25-2015, 04:20 AM)ellajam Wrote:  Both my grandfathers were plumbers, my parents met in a plumbing supply shop. Big Grin

Did you know the correct spelling of augur? I couldn't figure out why the omen part wouldn't come up in the def of auger.

Now that I know it, I can't go back and know if i knew it.  i presume i did but that presumption may be tainted by my current knowledge.

Even the introduction of a time machine couldn't solve our current quandry as i would bring my present day knowledge back with me.

I do know that these were traditionally call "homophones" and that I have traditionally been a big fan of homophones.  Those and homonyms form the basis for many of my riddles.
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#8
Damn, a little south and you're suddenly a hominy fan.

Lovely when a word does double duty. Tiger did a good job on the coo.

Quote:morning moon fades
fishermen drag sleds
drill new holes

Tiger's:
fisherman
dragged inland
augers well
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(02-25-2015, 05:08 AM)ellajam Wrote:  Damn, a little south and you're suddenly a hominy fan.

Lovely when a word does double duty. Tiger did a good job on the coo.

Quote:morning moon fades
fishermen drag sleds
drill new holes

Tiger's:
fisherman
dragged inland
augers well

yah - it looks good.  It is interesting how dependent it is on the preceding example for meaning.  symbiotic.
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