American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Used to express hesitation or uncertainty.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A Middle English form of ere.
- An English suffix, originally and properly attached to verbs to form nouns of the agent, as in baker, creeper, delver, driver, reader, sower, writer, etc. Though denoting usually a person, it may denote also, or only, a thing, as ruler, heater, grater, poker, etc. In use it is equivalent to the Latin -or in such forms as instructor, one who instructs, actor, one who acts, confessor, one who confesses, etc. Accordingly, English verbs from Latin supine or perfect participle stems may form their noun of the agent with English -er or Latin -or: instructer or instructor, confesser or confessor, etc. Usually they prefer the Latin form, taking it directly (or mediately through Middle English -our, ⟨ Old French -our, ⟨ Latin -or, etc.) from the Latin, or forming it by analogy (as depositor, radiator, etc., for which there is no Latin original). The suffix -or is thus a rough means of distinguishing words of Latin origin: compare auditor, instructor, factor, etc., with their literal English equivalents hearer, teacher, doer, etc. In many words, as biographer, geographer, philologer, philosopher, etc., there is no accompanying verb, the suffix, which is equally referable to -er, being attached, cumulatively (first in philosopher), to the original (Latin or Greek) term signifying an agent. (See -er.) In another use, also without reference to a verb, -er, attached to names of towns or countries, signifies an inhabitant of or one who belongs to the town or country, as Londoner, New-Yorker, Hollander, Englander, New-Englander, etc., like German Berliner, Leipziger, Englander, Hollander, etc.
- A suffix of Latin origin, denoting usually a person, and often an agent, but not, like -er, usually associated with a verb. It appears in justicer, commissioner, officer, prisoner, pensioner, etc. In many words of more recent formation the suffix may be taken as either -er or -er. In some words, as chancellor, it has assumed the form of Latin -or. In words recently formed or taken from the French it appears as -ier or -eer. In many words it has become merged or is mergeable with the English -er.
- A suffix of adjectives, forming the comparative degree, as in colder, deeper, greater, bigger, etc., and being cognate with the Latin comparative suffix -or, -ior, neuter -us, -ius, represented in English in major, minor, minus, prior, superior, inferior, etc. In lesser, former, the suffix is cumulative. In better, worse, less (for irregular suffix, see etymology), the suffix is attached to a now non-existing positive. In upper, inner, outer, utter, etc., the positive is adverbial. See the words mentioned.
- A suffix of verbs, giving them a frequentative and sometimes a diminutive sense, as patter from pat, swagger from swag, flutter from float, sputter from spout, etc. It is equivalent to and cognate with the frequentative -le (that is, -el), as in dialectal pattle = patter, scuttle from
scud, etc. As a formative of new words it is scarcely used.
- A suffix of certain nouns, mostly technical terms of the law (from Old Law French), as attainder, misnomer, trover, user, non-user, waiver, etc. In endeavor, endeavour, the orig. -er is disguised in the spelling.
- In chem., the symbol for erbium.
- In heraldry, an abbreviation of ermine.
- A simplified spelling of err.
- v. informal To utter the word "er" when hesitating in speech, found almost exclusively in the phrase um and er.
- interj. UK Said when hesitating in speech.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the chemical symbol for erbium, a rare earth element. It has atomic number 68 and an atomic weight of 167.26.
- n. a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; occurs with yttrium
- n. a room in a hospital or clinic staffed and equipped to provide emergency care to persons requiring immediate medical treatment
- Mimetic (sound of hesitation) (Wiktionary)
“Then, er, would you ask your driver to take you to, er, Randfontein House, er the Dettrick Room that's a reception room, you see, which we hire for this, well, sort of thing.”
““I’m blimed,” he said, “ef I don’t tike er piy-diy out of ’er, shadders or no shadders.””
“_Has_ a rule I find the merest nod of my 'ed a sufficient saloot to a woman of the aristocracy -- but for _'er_, Mamzelle, I never fail to show' er up with a court bow! ”
“An 'I wants you ter ricollec' dat I done guv 'er to you -- dat is, _yo' sheer_ [share] _in 'er_, caze she's _mine_ too, you know.”
“Couldyou please come up to our county and serve a term er two as our country DA.”
“At least one write-in-er is a real numbskull (DeBonis)”
“They feel the opinion of any one GenY-er is worth 10 times of that of any of the old guys.”
“That's a no brain er! obama might be able to take a 03: 00 AM phone call but he sure can't make a simple decision on a request for more troops to Afghanistan.”
“Several prominent colleges have launched three-year degrees in the past few years, promising students all the richness of a college education in shorter time and at lower cost.”
“As usual, Opera rulez and everything else droo ... er, is not as good.”
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Nabbed from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ROT-13#Letter_games_and_net_culture: words that become other existing words (or failing that, acronyms) when a Caesar shift of 13 places is applied to them.
Name Sym # Wt
actinium Ac 89 (227)
aluminum Al 13 26.98
americium Am 95 (243)
antimony Sb 51 121.7
argon Ar 18 39.94
arsenic As 33 74.92
or, as some Speaking teachers say (I suspect to annoy me), "word whiskers"
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