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Examples from the Web for er
Contemporary Examples of er
I was taken to the hospital by ambulance and sat in the ER waiting room for what felt like days.How I Stopped My Rapist
November 24, 2014
The EU has said, since Haaretz broke the story, er, well, we have no such plans.After the Israel Synagogue Massacre: A New Intifada?
November 19, 2014
Er, um, because the people dying of Ebola in West Africa are black?Ebola Scare-Mongerer Rand Paul Wants You to Think You’re Going to Die
October 12, 2014
Fame came with ER in the mid-1990s and Clooney's role as heart-throb doctor Doug Ross.Clooney: A Constant Charmer at the Altar
September 28, 2014
He first hit it big as Dr. Robert Caldwell on St. Elsewhere—the hospital heartthrob a decade before George Clooney did it on ER.NCIS’s Mark Harmon Is the World’s Biggest TV Star
September 23, 2014
Historical Examples of er
But Avice is—er—my dear, she is like her mother in more ways than one.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
An' they know it, too, by golly, er they wouldn't hang back like they're a-doin'.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
"You'd think I'd done it a-purpose to 'ear 'er," the driver mumbled.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Yer'd be positive o' passin' 'er if she didn't syle afore 'igh-tide.
Wind's freshenin' from the east'rds, an' that'll 'old 'er back a bit, sir.
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Word Origin for ER
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -er
Word Origin for -er
as a sound of hesitation or uncertainty, attested from mid-19c.
abbreviation of emergency room, by 1965.
English agent noun ending, corresponding to Latin -or. In native words it represents Old English -ere (Old Northumbrian also -are) "man who has to do with," from West Germanic *-ari (cf. German -er, Swedish -are, Danish -ere), from Proto-Germanic *-arjoz. Some believe this root is identical with, and perhaps a borrowing of, Latin -arius.
In words of Latin origin, verbs derived from pp. stems of Latin ones (including most verbs in -ate) usually take the Latin ending -or, as do Latin verbs that passed through French (e.g. governor), but there are many exceptions (eraser, laborer, promoter, deserter, sailor, bachelor), some of which were conformed from Latin to English in late Middle English.
The use of -or and -ee in legal language (e.g. lessor/lessee) to distinguish actors and recipients of action has given the -or ending a tinge of professionalism, and this makes it useful in doubling words that have both a professional and non-professional sense (e.g. advisor/adviser, conductor/conducter, incubator/incubater, elevator/elevater).
comparative suffix, from Old English -ra (masc.), -re (fem., neuter), from Proto-Germanic *-izon, *-ozon (cf. Gothic -iza, Old Saxon -iro, Old Norse -ri, Old High German -iro, German -er), originally also with umlaut change in stem, but this was mostly lost in Old English by historical times and has now vanished (except in better and elder).
For most comparatives of one or two syllables, use of -er seems to be fading as the oral element in our society relies on more before adjectives to express the comparative; thus prettier is more pretty, cooler is more cool [Barnhart].
suffix used to make jocular or familiar formations from common or proper names (soccer being one), first attested 1860s, English schoolboy slang, "Introduced from Rugby School into Oxford University slang, orig. at University College, in Michaelmas Term, 1875" [OED, with unusual precision].