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.” It contains 31 days, and its abbreviation is Aug.

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 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.

August is cause for great celebration in Korea, India, Pakistan, and Indonesia. It is the month when all four countries became independent.

And here’s a usage not heard often: an auguste (or august) 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.

Car show for charity\

Post-Tribune (IN) August 8, 2007 | Charles M. Bartholomew, Post-Tribune correspondent THIS ELECTRONIC VERSION MAY DIFFER SLIGHTLY FROM PRINTED VERSION Visitors to the charity car show for Gabriel’s Horn shelter walk toward a red 1966 Chevelle at Action Auto Spa in South Haven.(PHOTO – Color) (PHOTOS BY MICHAEL GARD/FOR THE POST-TRIBUNE) Bobby Maginas of Valparaiso has customized his 2000 Volkswagen Passat with a 3,000-watt power acoustic in the trunk, with light effects and video screens in the cabin.(PHOTO – Color) A 1932 Ford High Boy Roadster was one of the cars on display recently at the auto show. Entry fees and donations raised hundreds of dollars for Gabriel’s Horn shelter.(PHOTO) The owner of a commercial building and his tenant have teamed up to help Gabriel’s Horn. South Haven resident Curtis Williams, who opened Action Auto Spa 10 months ago, and his landlord, Jim Minard of Valparaiso, joined a long list of Portage Township individuals, business people and organizations who came together three years ago to make the homeless shelter possible. in our site 1969 dodge charger

“The community donates 90 percent of all the support we get,” said Tim Sullivan, president of the board that runs the shelter in conjunction with the Portage Township Trustee’s Office.

Williams and Minard’s son, Kevin, a sophomore in Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, put together their first car show recently for Gabriel’s Horn. They raised money, through registration fees and donations, that will help pay for utilities, supplies and other expenses at the shelter.

“We want them to return to what we call a normal life,” Sullivan said of the shelter’s residents.

Overcast skies and ongoing road construction didn’t deter a steady stream of automobile aficionados. website 1969 dodge charger

“We thought we could help our neighbors out by throwing a little money toward a good cause and draw some attention for a new business,” Williams said.

Gabriel’s Horn, at 792 McCool Road, is next to his shop, where he sells and installs automotive accessories.

“I just drive this for pleasure on weekends, to charities and benefits,” said Howard Munson of Schererville, who was sitting by a 1993 pearl-gold Corvette, repainted five years ago, with 20-inch wheels.

Appearing as a his-and-hers act were Betty and Jimmy Rivera.

“My regular car is a ’96 Grand Am. We try to do as many as we can,” said Betty, parked beside her tungsten-gray 2006 Ford GT.

“We take these out mostly on charity drives,” said her husband, squinting at the glare off his black 2003 Cobra.

When the time came to hand out the trophies, the Cobra took the prize for Best Engine. Betty Rivera’s Ford GT won Best Post-Classic, and Munson was awarded Best Paint Job. The Best Classic was a 1969 Dodge Charger owned by Nick Manteau of Hobart, and Bobby Maginas of Valparaiso had Best Sound Set-up for his Volkswagen Passat.

Charles M. Bartholomew, Post-Tribune correspondent


  1. 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.

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

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

  3. 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???

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

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

  5. 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.

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

    Some of these comments are kililng me. Lololololz!!

  7. 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. :)

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


  9. 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!

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

    Grammar is important. Remember: Ceasar non supra Grammaticos.

  11. 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.

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

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

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

    Named after a man also.

  19. 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.


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


  21. 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! :)

  22. 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.

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

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

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