Origin of ers
Middle French < Old Provençal < Late Latin ervus, variant of Latin ervum. See ervil
- Emergency Radio Service.
- a semantically empty suffix that creates informal variations of more neutral nouns and adjectives by processes of truncation identical to those of -er7 (champers; preggers; starkers); unlike that suffix, however, -ers is apparently productive, and words formed with it do not appear to belong to a restricted linguistic register, as university slang.
Origin of -ers
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Examples from the Web for ers
“I think that all you ni**ers need to…check yourselves out,” he said to laughter in his first big applause line of the evening.When Bill Cosby N-Bombed the Congressional Black Caucus
December 2, 2014
That said, there will be people that defend him—even some of his fellow NFL'ers.Adrian Peterson’s ‘Whooping’ and Ray Rice’s Knockout Are Both Domestic Violence
September 13, 2014
In Rhode Island, amid HIPAA concerns, Glass is being used in ERs with dermatologists.Google Glass Is Helping Doctors Save Lives. Maybe It’s Time to Reconsider the Poorly Received Technology.
Valerie Vande Panne
March 28, 2014
So long as I kept my eye fixed on 'ers she couldn't do anything.Ship's Company, The Entire Collection
Tell ye he don't; he wears a black un, and ers got it in his bag.
Yet Ers, it may be remembered, was the special patron of paiderastia.A Problem in Greek Ethics
John Addington Symonds
"Well, if you're a friend of 'ers, I daresay she'll tell you 'erself next time she sees you," said the liftman.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Bitt′ers, a liquid prepared from bitter herbs or roots, and used as a stomachic.
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