Which Overachiever Is August Named For?

august, chalkboard

August has arrived. If you’re in Europe, it’s likely you’re taking an extended holiday. If you’re anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, you might just be trying to stay cool. August is the eighth month of the Gregorian calendar, and the sixth month of the Roman calendar. Its original name was Sextilus, Latin for “sixth month.” In 8 BCE, the month was named in honor of Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor.

The emperor was a man of many names. He was born Gaius Octavius, the grandnephew of Julius Caesar. He took the extended name Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus in 44 after Caesar’s assassination. Though in English texts, he was often referred to simply as Octavian. Then in 31, he defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra to gain control over the empire. Finally in 27, when he was named emperor, he was given the honorary title Augustus.

When we describe something as august, we are saying it is majestic and inspires reverence or admiration. The word can also take the form of an adverb (augustly) and a noun (augustness). August also relates to augury, the act of divination (telling the future), particularly by the behavior of birds and animals and the examination of their entrails and other parts. Augurs were the official Roman soothsayers, whose job was not to tell the future so much as to determine if the Roman gods approved of a planned course of action.

And here’s a usage not heard often: an auguste is a “type of circus clown who usually wears battered ordinary clothes and is habitually maladroit or unlucky.” May your August be filled with favorable omens and devoid of unlucky circus clowns.


  1. Anonymous -  August 21, 2016 - 6:34 pm

    I was born in August! In fact, my birthday’s this Friday! I’ll finally be 13!

    • zink -  September 11, 2016 - 8:58 pm

      i was also born in August :P …i am 16 now :P

    • Random Person From Uranus -  October 24, 2016 - 8:12 pm

      I was born on the 6th of August!

  2. TeamLiquid_s1mple -  August 13, 2016 - 3:28 pm


  3. erich -  August 6, 2016 - 2:11 am

    August <3

    • epicfoxy22 -  August 10, 2016 - 3:16 pm

      agaugust 4 2004

  4. KARE -  August 5, 2016 - 7:27 pm

    My nephew’ s name is August.

    Kare Hodge

  5. Mo Mgbatogu -  August 3, 2016 - 12:24 pm

    Thanks for informing, educating and inspiring.
    No one is ever too old to learn.

  6. YOUR CAT :) -  August 2, 2016 - 4:06 pm

    I so knew this :) ;)

    • YOUR CAT :) -  August 2, 2016 - 4:07 pm

      Watch the Mr. Nicky Ancient Rome video; that`s where I first learned it.

  7. Ali Ali -  August 2, 2016 - 4:17 am

    I guessed it right…….good to know & thank you sinccerely for the d info. :)

    • cozy -  August 2, 2016 - 7:18 pm

      it doesn’t say anything about his D

  8. bitch -  July 29, 2016 - 9:41 am

    my birthday is august 9th.

    • Maria Hussey -  August 1, 2016 - 6:01 pm

      Its great to learn a new word

    • LOL -  August 2, 2016 - 3:15 pm

      MIne Is The 20

  9. what -  December 7, 2015 - 5:09 pm

    omg why do people comment so much?

    • YOUR CAT :) -  August 2, 2016 - 4:07 pm

      Cuz its FUN :)

    • zink -  September 11, 2016 - 8:59 pm

      cuz they can >:) lol

  10. george MacLeod -  August 31, 2015 - 12:02 pm

    Let’s get rid of July (for Julius Ceassr) and August (for Augustus Ceasar) and rename them Obamus and Bidenus.

    • what -  December 7, 2015 - 5:08 pm


  11. Lou -  August 30, 2015 - 3:00 pm

    Very cool article

    • Lou -  August 30, 2015 - 3:02 pm

      Augurs were the official Roman soothsayers, whose job was not to tell the future so much as to determine if the Roman gods approved of a planned course of action > talk about dead traits, sounds like a cool job description

  12. Tracy -  August 9, 2015 - 4:18 pm

    I was surprised at the actual meaning of august. I did not realise that I had never actually looked it up in a dictionary. I’ve only heard it, (spoken), as a term of shock, in a negative connotation. Example: “I am august at their horrible behaviour!” I’ve never heard this word used with a “positive” connotation, as instructed (?) / indicated (?) here. As you can tell I am not highly educated in language usage. I can speak and write in a way in which others can understand what I mean. However, my useage may not be “proper”. I like learning though,so that’s why I’m here.

    • Bari -  August 10, 2015 - 3:52 pm

      I think the word you refer to as meaning “a term of shock” is aghast.


      • kxyz -  August 19, 2015 - 1:38 pm

        amazing, just like youtube.

    • Sandy -  August 10, 2015 - 7:13 pm

      “I am august at their horrible behaviour!”

      Tracy, I think you’ll find that you’ve confused the spellings and meanings of two entirely different words. The phrase you used above should correctly read:

      “I am aghast at their horrible behaviour!”

      Aghast is the right word with the proper meaning for your example, august is definitely not.

      • nancy -  August 25, 2015 - 6:02 pm


        • bleh -  August 2, 2016 - 7:58 pm


    • Kelly -  August 11, 2015 - 6:33 am

      The word you are thinking of is “aghast” – pronounce “uh-GAST”. “I am aghast at their behavior!”

      August would be pronounced “ah-GUST”. “The august proceedings.”


    • Kim -  August 11, 2015 - 8:40 am

      This is an excellent start to learning and improving your vocabulary. Welcome!

      • lila -  August 25, 2015 - 12:59 pm

        um not so sarcastic please be nice

    • Jena -  August 11, 2015 - 12:27 pm

      Tracy, I think you may be confusing “august” with “aghast” when referring to the negative connotation.

    • Steve -  August 11, 2015 - 1:29 pm

      Maybe you meant aghast?

    • Kay -  August 12, 2015 - 9:18 am

      August and Aghast can be confusing.

      I think you mean aghast: aghast
      [uh-gast, uh-gahst]
      Spell Syllables
      Examples Word Origin
      struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror:
      They stood aghast at the sight of the plane crashing.

      • zink -  September 11, 2016 - 9:00 pm

        oh wow, someone commented on my birthday ^-^ llol xD

    • ron -  August 17, 2015 - 9:52 am

      it’s unrelated, I know. But can you tell me if “icey” is a legitimate word? We use it in speech, as in “she has an icey personality.” But is it legit?

      • pebbles7 -  August 20, 2015 - 5:38 am

        Hi Ron,

        When you said ‘icey’, I immediately realised that you meant ‘icy’. Taken from this very dictionary, the word ‘icy’ is a legitimate word in that wording:
        adjective, icier, iciest.


        made of, full of, or covered with ice :
        icy roads.


        resembling ice.


        icy winds.


        without warmth of feeling; coldly unfriendly; frigid:
        an icy stare.

        So I suppose that the answer would be yes, it’s fine to say ‘an icy personality’ (judging by definition 4).

        I hope I answered your question and that it helped you.
        However, next time, try typing in your word to this dictionary. It’s probably much quicker than waiting for a reply!

  13. hahaha -  August 2, 2015 - 10:24 pm

    people fighting in comment sections on every site: including dictionary.com

    i love this world

    • Pat -  August 3, 2015 - 5:17 pm

      …and that’s why I always read the comments. Aren’t people great?

    • Jay -  August 17, 2015 - 5:29 am

      it’s pathetic

      • kxyz -  August 19, 2015 - 11:40 am

        It’s beautiful jay.

  14. gary rohrscheib -  March 13, 2015 - 10:19 am

    they needed a ac unit daring that time

    • Randall -  July 10, 2015 - 5:06 am

      Not daring but “during”

    • Amna Abbas Khan -  August 10, 2015 - 6:11 pm

      Thank you. This is a very interesting description and historical account.

  15. Kenneth Ramon Joe-Mason -  August 29, 2014 - 4:04 am

    want to join this group

  16. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 25, 2013 - 4:42 am

    The ancient Bible people called it “1st month, 2nd month, 3rd month,” etc. And they had “1st day, 2nd day, 3rd day,” and so on. Really boring, if you ask me. I’m glad we changed it.

    @whatevs and @emerald:
    Both of you get a life! I agree that using bad grammar on a dictionary website is stupid, but neither do you have to get on people’s case about it (unless it’s really, really bad grammar). Express your opinion if you want, but quit arguing about it! Grammar is not going to “disappear completely.”

    Please put all the comments on 1 page. I hate this new format. It takes longer to load, too.

    • bob -  August 27, 2014 - 6:04 am

      it is my birthday turnt up

    • Ahahahaha -  August 4, 2015 - 11:35 pm

      “the ancient Bible people”
      XD I love this

  17. whatevs -  August 31, 2013 - 12:19 pm

    @emerald-I commented because I wanted to express my opinion about how stupid this argument is!

  18. emerald -  August 31, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    @whatevs- You get a life! Some people actually care about the english language and are trying to save grammar from disappearing completely! I do like “grammargument”, though. Still, if you think this is so stupid, why did you bother commenting at all???

    • SpellingNazi -  August 12, 2014 - 8:52 am

      Dude. Chill. It doesn’t matter. Why would you be so mad about someone’s own opinion? So why YOU bother commenting at all?

  19. Radio Snivins -  August 30, 2013 - 11:25 pm

    A pity grammar isn’t spelt grammarg. Palindromes are cool, and only a knobbonk would disagree.

    • WhatWhatintheWhat -  November 12, 2014 - 1:14 pm

      You’re a towel.

  20. Johannes -  August 30, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    “In 8 BCE” … what’s wrong with “BC”? Yeah, I know, it’s politically incorrect. To heck with history, tradition, convention, prudence, common sense — political correctness trumps them all, and even a reputable dictionary feels obliged to worship at the PC altar.

    • Kelly -  August 8, 2014 - 2:06 pm

      I completely agree with you. This year, 2014 (in the year of our Lord), and all the rest of them are as recorded in relation to Christ’s birth. It is stupid to change B.C. just because it means “Before Christ” and A.D. because it means “Anno Domini” (in the year of our Lord). These are still true are they not? Oh, but if they offend someone who refuses to believe in a historical Person, then oh my! Drop everything and change it, quickly!

      • Roboboy -  August 8, 2014 - 10:26 pm


        Thank you so much for your comment and especially for your common sense!!

        There are times I feel that no one cares anymore about the reality of our shared history and how important it is to preserve the past, as it actually occurred and in the syntax used. It was documented by historians and theologians through the ages and that fact hasn’t changed.

        As you said so eloquently, it seems all that matters anymore is adherence to the PC Intelligentsia’s whiny and moaning demands.

        So to sum up: thanks! When I read a post like yours I feel a sense of hope, and I don’t feel so alone.


        • SpellingNazi -  August 12, 2014 - 8:53 am

          Hey I care too! :)

        • ProofProf -  August 19, 2014 - 3:43 pm

          HINT: It has nothing to do with Political Correctness. The FACT is that the majority of the world’s population doesn’t believe in “your Savior”. That’s why “Before the Christian Era” makes more sense. Ask someone in India, Indonesia or Israel. The “I’s” have it. Not to mention Japan, China, etc. etc. etc. Xenophobes like you make for good fodder.

          • GrammerIsGrand -  August 23, 2014 - 2:43 pm

            HINT: Most of the world does believe some form of Christianity or has to do with Christ himself. FACT: We have been using Bc and AD forever and In America, The first amendment says- freedom of religion. That also means YOU DON’t get freedom FROM religion.

          • randomperson -  August 29, 2014 - 12:25 pm

            Actually I think that BCE stands for “Before Common Era”. And I agree wholeheartedly that its not just political correctness. It makes perfect sense, from my completely non-religious perspective.

          • Polytheist -  August 2, 2015 - 12:49 am

            The real point is that regardless of what your beliefs are, it’s really petty and stupid to want to change a firmly-established centuries-old label just because you don’t like who it was named after. Could you imagine how ridiculous it would be if, for example, people started replacing words like ‘Wednesday’ or ‘Thursday’ because “99.9% of the world’s population doesn’t believe in Thor or Odin” or because something else would “make more sense”? What does sense have to do with it? It’s not a scientific term, it’s a historical term. We keep it around because of tradition; it says nothing about what you or me or anyone actually believes. What it does do is provide a fascinating perspective on how our language and culture developed, and remind us all of what the architects of the English language and Western civilization did believe in.

            You have it backwards when you accuse people who want to uphold the use of B.C. and A.D. of being ‘xenophobic’ – it’s the people who want to erase them from memory that are being xenophobic. B.C.E. was never meant to stand for “Before the Christian Era”, it was meant to stand for “Before Common Era.” Common Era is a hollow, meaningless phrase whose entire purpose is to cover up/whitewash/replace a term of infinitely greater historical significance just because that term makes some virulent anti-Christians feel uncomfortable. Those who push for the change to B.C.E. would like nothing better than for everyone to just conveniently forget what our current dating system was actually based on – a 6th-century educated guess as to when Jesus was born – and just assume that roughly two-thousand years ago, for no particular reason, the world became more ‘common’.

            Those who try to change everything to C.E. and B.C.E. claim it’s about accuracy, common-sense, and being open to different beliefs. But it’s not about that – it’s about white-washing, covering up and retroactively diminishing the historical significance of a religious figure who, like it or not, had a tremendous impact on the development of the Western world.

            Much more so than Thor, or Odin, whose names are carried on in our dating system without incident, presumably because those religions are extinct and nobody cares enough to want to erase them from history.

      • peter -  August 15, 2015 - 3:15 pm

        The question is whether the western numbering convention is adopted by all cultures. The Chinese and Hindu calendars are quite different, as I suspect but don’t know for sure is the Islamic. Do we want a standard or should each culture have their own? If we think a standard is good (I do!), then it’s best for any given culture to have theirs adopted. So we have a choice – either drop the culture specific reference, OR possibly adopt a different system. There are after all a whole bunch more of each of them, than of “us”.So why not do something “Christian” – i.e., be humble – and win.

    • john doe -  August 18, 2014 - 7:42 am

      680 Before Mohammed ?

    • ZoicZeph -  August 6, 2015 - 11:07 am

      People switch from BC (Before Christ) and BCE (Before Common Era), it’s just a matter of who they are. If you want to use BC, there’s nothing bad about it. Same thing with BCE. We’re referring to the same thing, we know that, and that’s all that matters. As long as you get the point across (‘This was a long time ago’), you’re good.
      Now this might be just me, because I couldn’t care less about what other people believe in. Either that or I might be just really ignorant on said subject.
      All and all though, if the writer of this article wanted to use ‘BCE’ instead of ‘BC’, it’s perfectly fine. They get the point across, don’t they?

      I know your comment was posted a long time ago, but I just want to put that out there.

  21. NieCee -  August 30, 2013 - 5:16 am

    Some of these comments are kililng me. Lololololz!!

  22. haha -  August 29, 2013 - 6:00 am

    haha, iike this post. (especially the comments). in this past paces world, mistakes like beginnig a sentence with and are acceptable. i reckon theres nothing wrong with it .if the writer wanted to use “in addition”or “moreover” it would have still sent thee same message.
    you may continue arguing now. this is funny. :)

  23. yaehzzz -  August 28, 2013 - 3:46 pm


  24. Andrew -  August 27, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    Ok, if you guys are all insulting each other on grammar, you seriously need to either get laid or get a life.

    I also enjoy cornbread!

    • arnie -  February 13, 2015 - 2:21 pm

      If I really have a choice, I pick a.

  25. Hunter -  August 27, 2013 - 3:15 am

    Grammar is important. Remember: Ceasar non supra Grammaticos.

    • Wild Man -  August 1, 2014 - 3:42 am

      They probably need to get both, and probably have eaten so much cornbread that they cannot see their toes. And, you thought that I was going to say something else. LMAO

  26. whatevs -  August 26, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Seriously??? You’re really arguing about the grammar in an article about August? Why? Don’t you have a life? Is this all you have to do? And does it really matter, anyways? Jeez, peeps, this is ridiculous. I have better things to do than care about your stupid grammargument. Ciao.

    • cynthia -  August 29, 2015 - 10:20 pm

      anyways is not a word. i think you mean anyway.

  27. murali vikashini -  August 23, 2013 - 4:37 am

    INDIA gained independence on AUGUST 15 AND singapore gained independence on august 9

    • Random Grammarian -  August 7, 2015 - 8:23 am

      And Pakistan on August 14th! :D

  28. Raj Chandola -  August 22, 2013 - 11:18 pm

    August is the sixth month and September, October, November, December mean seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth and January and Februray were the eleventh and twelveth months respectively because in Roman times the new year began from March, the first ,month of the year. Interesting the traditional Indian new year also begins in March. Coincidence? I think not.

  29. J. L. Fletch -  August 21, 2013 - 8:12 am

    Can we just appreciate this article and the month of August here as a community? I don’t understand why when someone puts forth the effort to post something informative, positive, and dare I say interesting, that our first response is to cut it down and harass one another?

    We all love language, right? Is that not why we all come to this website, so that we might learn something or expand our vocabularies? And if your only intention here is to post something negative, I ask you to consider who you are. There are far more important things in life to focus your energy on. Like enjoying it. Working for peace. Pursuing your dreams, or finding new ones. Telling the people you love that you love them. This world has enough terrible things in it without you going out of your way to perpetuate the negativity through each and every website which allows you to post a comment.

    And I am not saying this because I think that life is perfect. We have all had more than enough struggles in our lives and many of us are currently going through some this very day. I am, too. However that does not give me the right to take out my pain on someone else. And it doesn’t give you that right either. I just think if we all tried just a little bit harder each day, maybe we can all start to make a difference.

    • The Boss -  August 16, 2015 - 4:50 pm

      I agree 100%.

  30. Solanta -  August 20, 2013 - 8:54 am

    This article was meant to enlighten us about the origin of the word August. I like the grammatical jokes employed but one dude is boringly “fighting”. And that’s not augustly.

  31. Kaitlin -  August 14, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    Incorrect, ‘and’ can indeed be used as a beginning word for a sentence. In middle school and high school they prefer it not to be used, however when you enter college level English the rule is void. Look it up next time. One must always gather facts.

  32. lunanightshade123 -  August 14, 2013 - 11:46 am

    Omg! Octavian from PJO is the augur of Camp Jupiter! *mind blown* :O

    • ana -  August 14, 2014 - 10:35 am

      I know when I read This I was like woahh :]

    • The Boss -  August 16, 2015 - 4:52 pm

      Just realized it now, after reading your comment.

  33. CuteGirl102:) -  August 13, 2013 - 1:43 am

    Named after a man also.

  34. Julius Caesar -  August 11, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    I was Julius Caesar in a class play once. I am a girl, but I wanted to be Caesar really bad, so they let me because I am a good actor and a good memorizer (I read the script three times, and memorized half the lines when we were only supposed to read it once). It was really fun because I got to walk around the school in a bedsheet. And also because I got to be stabbed to death with foam swords.


  35. hao -  August 10, 2013 - 4:10 am


  36. Naresh -  August 6, 2013 - 10:11 pm

    Hic! It’s August and I’ve had one too many. Hic! All this fighting over full stops and commas and faulty grammar…hic!..is quite amusing. And, not to forget, that one shouldn’t start a sentence with ‘And’. I say, just cool down folks. Chillax. Wet your whistle. And a don’t damn about grammar care! :)

  37. Kat -  August 6, 2013 - 3:33 pm

    @Marion Crane.

    The name Octavian is Latin, not English. Whether or not this is the name he was given in a modern day and referred to as in contemporary texts is irrelevant. English is widely based upon the Latin language regardless, however the name Octavian is a derivative of the Latin “Octavius”, I don’t understand how the language would have to be strictly English to make a simple “us” to “an” change. While it makes sense in theory and all, there isn’t much to be said about the grammar on that one, in my perspective it’s according to the historical record and really just fine as it is.

  38. Nshera -  August 5, 2013 - 5:21 am

    @Alan you really do not have to point out people’s mistakes, you know.

  39. Rreqq -  August 4, 2013 - 3:00 am

    All of u are fools

    • Name -  August 1, 2014 - 4:31 am

      You would leave a comment like that on a Dictionary website?

      • SpellingNazi -  August 12, 2014 - 8:55 am

        It’s actually “All of ‘you’ are fools.” Not “All of u are fools.”

  40. Someone -  August 3, 2013 - 11:56 am

    Hey guys, stop this stupid fight on grammar and try to post comments related to the topic.

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  42. littlemisslucky -  August 13, 2010 - 1:47 pm

    read this grammar book and then shut up (please!). we should all use the same rules if we’re going to start criticizing each other!

    “Eats,Shoots and Leaves” by Lynne Truss

  43. lisa -  August 6, 2010 - 1:33 am

    For a country full of people who have poor grammar skills and in general care very little about spelling correctly, it’s fascinating to see this entire post turned off-topic into a discussion on grammar instead of the meaning of August! Proofreading is a lost art–many printed newspapers & even fewer online papers do it.

  44. wILLIam -  August 5, 2010 - 1:23 am

    wow… boring blog aye!

  45. Click & Earn -  August 3, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    we are saying it is majestic and inspires reverence or admiration. The word can also take the form of an adverb (augustly) and a noun (augustness). August also relates to augury, the act of divination (telling the future), particularly by the behaviour of birds and animals and the examination of their entrails and other parts. Augurs were the official Roman soothsayers, whose job was not to tell the future so much as to determine if the Roman gods approved of a planned course of action.

  46. Nirmal Kumar Mishra -  August 3, 2010 - 8:29 am

    According to Hindi calendar, the month of August brings a lot of rituals in which ladies in particular participate with gaiety and devotion. They wear green bangles. This month is also called shravan, which is shortened to suhavan (pleasant). Mehndi paste is applied on the palms for well being of husband. Religious fervor is at a high pitch when devotees of Lord Shiva throng the temples in tens of thousands to offer the holy water of the Ganges. There is a worship of the snake god on the day called nagpanchmi. Then there is a festival of rakshabandhan when sisters tie a decorated thread (rakhi) on the wrist of brothers, as a mark of bond of love and respect between brother and sister.

  47. remo -  August 3, 2010 - 4:52 am


  48. anna -  August 2, 2010 - 11:59 pm

    ‘And’ is used at beginning of a sentence to denote the passage of time as being a tad tedious eg . ‘ And as the weeks flowed by August yielded to September and winter frosts prepared for their return to punish the fields and byways……’ But Emma continued to gaze out of the window dreaming about cabbage and grits and hot apple crumble.

  49. joanne -  August 2, 2010 - 8:24 pm

    @The guy who asks alot of questions
    sorry – i jus wasnt concentrating on my good grammmar. no joke, jus me when im blogging. that ok????

  50. tictactoe -  August 2, 2010 - 3:54 pm

    Why is efry1 so worried about there grammar’s and grampa’s – they’ll live. i agree wif joanne – if u need 2 fight, why don’t u fight about sumfink worthwhile

  51. Steve -  August 2, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    I like hot, buttered crumpets for breakfast on Sundays. But I do not like a smarty.

  52. ChrisD -  August 2, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    Grammar is grammar. If it is not right, then it is wrong!

  53. Jo -  August 2, 2010 - 2:37 pm

    Though it may not always be correct to start a sentence with “and”, there may be instances in which it is okay. And the same goes with “though”.

  54. Carla -  August 2, 2010 - 2:21 pm

    Re: Alan Turner:
    You should check your own grammar, and comma use before clicking submit. Your post was riddled with mistakes, so drop your stone, and step away.

  55. sam -  August 2, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    It’s beyond me that dictionary.com doesn’t offer spell check for the comment box. And yes, “spell check” can be written as two separate words. So back up off it. Please.

  56. Winsie -  August 2, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Jamaica gained independence August 6, 1962.

  57. Ruth Feldman -  August 2, 2010 - 1:28 pm

    Responding to Alan and to Maya-each are responders in this ongoing ‘conversation’:
    Alan, I’ve taught college English and Folklore (now am retired), and I encourage writers to begin sentences with And …/But… when those words serve purpose of linking ideas or emphasizing. And sometimes the ‘and’ just facilitates the flow of thoughts as did Emily Dickinson’s use of the dash. But I warned writers about the over-use of ‘there is’ and ‘there are’ as a form of wordiness called ‘delay of subject’. “There is…” is never the subject of the sentence, so using those words just adds superfluous weight but no substance. And once one ‘there is…’ is used, more examples of wordiness are also thrown in. Check your first blog and see how often you used (and overused) it. To fix, simply be aware and delete. And then begin your sentences with your real subject!

    About use of ‘who’ and ‘that’: ManUNkind tends to refer only to other human animals as WHO and to refer to all other animals (and plants) as THAT. Calling attention to this limited discrepancy, a blogger ‘corrected’ by referring to a horse (his example) as THAT. I disagree and refer to other animals and to most trees and other plants too as WHO.
    This is not so much a matter of correct grammar as it is a moral/ethical mind set which comes from an Albert Schweitzer(ian) Reverence for Life.
    If we respect life in all of its forms, we would preserve, not destroy our fragile planet and the companion lives who share this earth and air.

    Maya: I think the use of ‘someone thing’ was meant as ‘some (one)thing’; or eliminate the ONE entirely. Don’t let such a small instance confuse or discourage you; ‘studying’ English through the use of computer can be so useful, and sites like Dictionary.com are good choices, but the care in language and the thoughtfulness of responses in blogs seem more distractions and irrelevancies; certainly in this example generated by ‘August’ the conversation deteriorated significantly!

  58. Alan Turner -  August 2, 2010 - 1:20 pm


  59. marmatha -  August 2, 2010 - 11:09 am

    And can very well start a sentence you pompous fool. Go back to your hippie hole in Britain and keep ruining these articles with your friendly buffoons.

    Why can’t you guys all just appreciate this article instead of attacking it like a polotician?

  60. Nathan -  August 2, 2010 - 10:56 am

    @Alan: Many classic and contemporary authors begin sentences with “And.” Though formally, we say never begin a sentence with a conjunction, we certainly see the practice in several works. SWE prevents it, but modern usage allows for it, given the appropriate circumstances. When we want to emphasize a point and it is in addition to a previous statement, we allow for the sentence to begin with a conjunction because it conveniently does this very thing.

    But modern usage is usually at odds with standard writing conventions. Therefore, we should always practice the writing conventions accepted by the community in which we are writing. And that’s all I have to say about that.

  61. Heather -  August 2, 2010 - 9:00 am

    Hugo and I both like buttered biscuits, we are soul mates. Leo’s rock and Virgos are okay too, I guess. And the 22nd is the best day in August, it is the last day of Leo though. :(

  62. Marco -  August 2, 2010 - 8:15 am

    Hey Alan, you obviously aren’t well read. It has become pretty common, since the Enlightenment, to start a sentence with an And.
    You stuffed shirt.

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  64. Jon West -  August 2, 2010 - 7:35 am

    Good, informative article there.

    To add my two tiny coins’ worth of opinion to the and-debate; ‘though’ and ‘and’ are indeed conjunctions, but there’s no reason why they can’t start a sentence in English. Many of us were taught in school never to start a sentence with a conjunction, but sometimes it’s better style to start a sentence with ‘and’, or ‘but’. If it reads better, don’t be afraid to do it. There’s nothing incorrect with starting a sentence with ‘and,’ just like there’s nothing wrong with using a preposition to end a sentence with :)

  65. heyhowareyou -  August 2, 2010 - 7:35 am

    and Hugo’s comment is the best

  66. heyhowareyou -  August 2, 2010 - 7:32 am

    i just LOVED the ending xD quite funneh

  67. NewMomsNearby -  August 2, 2010 - 7:28 am

    Wow, that’s pretty cool SL. I didn’t realize so many Asian nations celebrate their independence in august. Good fact to know.
    Pregnant? New Mom? Chat live with others like you on this nonprofit site.

  68. The guy who asks alot of questions. -  August 2, 2010 - 6:53 am

    Joanne, I sincerely hope that the grammar and spelling mistakes you just made were part of some ironic joke, either that or I hope that you are too young to hold accountable.

  69. Poop -  August 2, 2010 - 6:47 am


  70. emmy -  August 2, 2010 - 6:24 am

    woa i see u as a very good english student but u where not there when they tought that one, i mean dependent clause

  71. gatorrage -  August 2, 2010 - 4:28 am

    And I love collard greens.

  72. gatorrage -  August 2, 2010 - 4:26 am

    Beans and cornbread, I just love me some beans and cornbread.

  73. john -  August 2, 2010 - 3:57 am

    Yeah cool. who cares anyway?

  74. Marion Crane -  August 2, 2010 - 12:31 am

    Interesting article, though this sentence ‘Though in English texts, he was often referred to simply as Octavian.’ makes it looks like he was called Octavian in *contemporary* texts, when English did not even exist yet. ‘is referred to’ should be clearer.

  75. Alan Turner -  August 1, 2010 - 11:45 pm

    grammar is grammar and cannot be adulterated to cover up a persons lack of education or inadequate ability. There is no modern grammar which allows the use of ‘and’, a conjunction, to be used at the beginning of a sentence.

    How often do we see people referred to as ‘that’ when they mean ‘who’. Horses are a ‘that’ but people are a ‘who’

    If you have the education and you know this stuff it is not boastful or ‘smartass’ to draw attention to the fact. Nice to know that some people actually read these diatribes.

  76. Edward Doyle-Gillespie -  August 1, 2010 - 9:46 pm

    My dad was a teacher of history and my mother a teacher of literature. Dad was big into Rome, so I ended up with the august middle name Octavius.

    Alan, the sentence probably didn’t need the dependent clause. “In English texts he was simply refered to as Octavian.”

  77. joanne -  August 1, 2010 - 9:44 pm

    hey guys, when you think about it, grammar shouldnt be a subjekt used to put peple down on – its not worth the bad feelings. wot do you think tictactoe?

  78. meleagrid -  August 1, 2010 - 9:42 pm

    Why is it I get this strange desire to eat dog food at this time of the year? Maybe it’s because of the summer Dog Days when Canis Major is seasonally brightest. Why some posters are using the dog in their examples seems coincidental; but, yet, however, the use of ‘And’ is not unusual, and perhaps, it should be classified as an emphatic conjunctive when used at the start of a sentence. That type of use of ‘and’ is very common to journalists, though it defies common use as to grammar. Ergo, be not an grammatical ogre.

  79. Hugo -  August 1, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    I like buttered biscuits!

  80. SL -  August 1, 2010 - 9:32 pm

    Singapore gained independence on 9 Aug too! And so did Malaysia (on 31 Aug)! Please include it in! Cheers to August!

  81. maya -  August 1, 2010 - 8:29 pm

    “When we describe someone thing as august, we are saying it is majestic and inspires reverence or admiration. ”

    Is the above quote a correct sentence? What is “someone thing”? I am learning English and I am now confused.

    I was born August 01, that’s why this article caught my attention.

    Thanks for your attention.

  82. Suji -  August 1, 2010 - 4:14 pm

    Modern English allows us to start with an ‘And’ the conjunction. The sentence which starts with an ‘and’ should be the continuation of the previous one.

    We do not give milk to a dog. And Dogs need lots of water in summer to consume.

    Thanks for an article about August, that I learned in my school.

  83. John -  August 1, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    Hey Shaun, speek for yourself loser. Where’s the full stop after your first reply?

  84. Suji -  August 1, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    Modern English allows us to start with an ‘And’ the conjunction. There is no wrong to start with an ‘And’, the only thing we should consider is, the sentence which starts with an ‘And’ should be linked to the previous sentence’s meaning.
    Like: We do not give milk to dogs. And dogs need lot of water in summer.

    The article about August is, exactly the same I learned in my school.

  85. Shaun Smith -  August 1, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Oh, and you need a full stop at the end of your passage, loser.

  86. Shaun Smith -  August 1, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Sorry mate, but no-one likes a smart a$$ and you just sound like an idiot

  87. Alan Turner -  August 1, 2010 - 1:28 pm

    There are good omens in that the grammar has much improved but we have to say that there are some silly mistakes.
    1.Though in English texts, he was simply referred to simply as Octavian. Got something wrong there.
    2. Second to last sentence started with a capital ‘And’. The word ‘and’ is a conjunction which joins two part sentences together and can never start a sentence. In simple terms there is a cat, there is also a dog, or to the point:- the cat and the dog.
    Unlucky circus clown at work again.

    Hey, I was born in August

    • KARE -  August 5, 2016 - 7:31 pm

      My nephew’s name is August or should I say Augustus!


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