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What's the rule for adding -er vs. -or when nouning a verb?

Assuming it would even be a word, how would I describe someone or something that "deletes": deleter or deletor?

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RegDwight, closer, shouldn't you link to the exact duplicate? –  Josh M. Mar 10 '12 at 0:24
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The link is just above your question. –  Matt Эллен Mar 10 '12 at 8:17

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I have not found either word in a dictionary, nor am I familiar with them in everyday English.

You could use eraser.

a person or thing that erases.

Where erase means, among other things:

To remove (data) from computer storage.

But as FumbleFingers says, it makes more sense to name it after the whole function of the object. E.g. File eraser.

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I don't think I'd even recommend OP to use eraser. It's so commonly used to mean either the plastic/rubber thingy you use to erase pencil marks on paper, or the cloth/felt pad for erasing chalk marks on a blackboard, that any other usage would probably look odd. I'd stick to using the appropriate descriptive phrase for the exact context. It's the erase head on magnetic tape recorders, for example. –  FumbleFingers Mar 9 '12 at 23:01
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@FumbleFingers agreed, updated –  Matt Эллен Mar 9 '12 at 23:14

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