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or go-fer, gopher

[goh-fer] /ˈgoʊ fər/
noun, Slang.
an employee whose chief duty is running errands.
Origin of gofer
1965-70; respelling of go for (verb phrase), with -er representing both vowel reduction in for and -er1
Can be confused
gofer, gopher. Unabridged
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(slang, mainly US & Canadian) an employee or assistant whose duties include menial tasks such as running errands
Word Origin
C20: originally US: alteration of go for
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gofer

"errand-runner," 1956, American English coinage from go for (coffee, spare parts, etc.), with a pun on gopher.

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An employee who is expected to serve and cater to others; a low-ranking subordinate: running the robo machine and acting as a receptionist, secretary, and general go-for/ attractive go-fers for executive editor Frank Waldrop

[1967+; gofor, an underworld term for ''dupe, sucker,'' is found by the 1920s and is probably semantically related]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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