Wednesday, August 01, 2007

August - the "Regal" Month

In celebration of the beginning of the month, I give you Merriam-Webster Dictionary's The Word of the Day for August 01, 2007: august • \aw-GUST\ • adjective: marked by majestic dignity or grandeur

Example Sentence:
Mr. Lee's bearing was always august and stately, and he drew respectful glances wherever he went.

Did you know?
"August" comes from the Latin word "augustus," meaning "consecrated" or "venerable," which in turn is related to the Latin "augur," meaning "consecrated by augury" or "auspicious." In 8 B.C. the Roman Senate honored Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor, by changing the name of their month "Sextilis" to "Augustus." Middle English speakers inherited the name of the month of August, but it wasn't until the mid-1600s that "august" came to be used generically in English, more or less as "augustus" was in Latin, to refer to someone with imperial qualities.

2 comments:

Jane said...

Well then, it is only appropriate that I was born in such an "august" month!!!
By the way, the students are very fortunate to have you as a substitute. I know you will find it enjoyable as well (except maybe for having to get up so early!!).

Lyn said...

I hate to admit it, but I had no idea that august was a "regular word" in addition to being the name of a month!