Life Names


A popular name for dogs, it actually derived from the Latin word for ‘trusting’
It seems that dogs have always been a faithful companion for humankind.

Life Oddities


The word was derived from the Latin words for ‘lord’ and ‘House’. It used to mean ‘the house of a lord’.

It later came to mean the rooms underneath the lord’s castle

Everyday Life

Beck and Call

‘She thinks I must always be at her beck and call.’ Earl of Worcester (1470).

The original meaning of beck:

Julius Caesars Commentaryes – ‘It should be ready at a beck.’  (A beck was a silent signal, like the nod of the head).

Everyday Life Religion


Auguring is what augurs did in ancient Rome. These were official diviners whose function it was, not to foretell the future, but to divine whether the gods approved of a proposed undertaking, such as a military move. They did so by various means, among them observing the behavior of birds and examining the intestines of sacrificed animals. Nowadays, of course, when we use the extended senses of ‘indicate’ and ‘promise,’ auguring is done from other signs. The verb is often used with an adverb, such as ‘well,’ as in ‘high investment returns augured well for Paul’s early retirement.’ ‘Augur’ comes from Latin and is related to the Latin verb ‘augere,’ meaning ‘to increase.’ The exact nature of the connection between ‘augur’ and ‘augere’ is lost in obscurity, however.