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This week's theme: words formed by false splitting.
auger (AW-guhr) noun
Any of various boring tools resembling a corkscrew, used in carpentry, digging, etc.
[From the misdivision of "a nauger" as "an auger". Ultimately from the Indo-European root nobh- (navel) that is also the source of nave, navel, umbilical, omphaloskepsis (navel gazing), and Hindi nabhi (navel).]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"What is the strangest thing you've seen coming out of the ground? Once I had a T-shirt come out of the ground as we pulled the auger up." Francois Marchand; Q&A with Kathy Fiebich; Edmonton Journal (Canada); Sep 2, 2007.
When we enlarge upon the affection our friends have for us, this is very often not so much out of a sense of gratitude as from a desire to persuade people of our own great worth, that can deserve so much kindness. -Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)