[no object]augur well/badly/ill
1 (of an event or circumstance) portend a good or bad outcome.
1.1 with object Portend or bode (a specified outcome)
1.2 archaic – with object Foresee or predict.
(in ancient Rome) a religious official who observed natural signs, especially the behaviour of birds, interpreting these as an indication of divine approval or disapproval of a proposed action.

The spellings augur (a verb meaning ‘portend a good or bad outcome’, as in this augurs well) and auger (a type of tool used for boring) are sometimes confused, but the two words are quite different in both their present meaning and their origins

Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin, ‘diviner’.


Augustus averred that the oracle’s pronouncement augured well for the planned making of holes with the auger.


Some will say, “He shoudn’t oughter,” while I manhandle an auger during the discussion of augur. Did I ever mention that this kind of fun is not the exclusive province of my provincial mind.
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