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Deleter or deletor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 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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Locater vs Locator spelling [duplicate]

I can find references to each in many online dictionaries, but few will reference both of them. So the question remains: What is with the difference in spelling between "Locator" and "Locater"? Is ...
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Words for people who do things: “-er” or “-or” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the rule for adding -er vs. -or when nouning a verb? Rules for nominalizing a verb While reading another question, I started wondering if there's a rule for appending ...
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What is the object called that does the activity of collapsing — “collapser” or “collapsor”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for adding -er vs. -or when nouning a verb? I would say collapser or collapsor but neither of these two words can be found on web dictionaries. Is there ...
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Is “Convertor” a valid word in everyday use? [duplicate]

I work as a software engineer, and we have many uses for converters. I saw here that "convertEr" is used, and did not find any reference to "convertOr". However, at work I've encountered this word ...
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Is it Decryptor or Decrypter? [duplicate]

I'm coding a decryption service and wondering which is the best name, Decryptor or Decrypter I had a quick look online and it appears -er and -or convert a verb to an agent noun, however is one ...
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Guide for when a word ends in 'or' or 'er' [duplicate]

Is there a rule or guideline for when a word ends in 'or' or 'er'? For instance teacher vs professor.
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What's the difference between “requester” and “requestor”?

Both are in dictionaries. I've heard people insist "requester" is correct for a person who requests something, and that "requestor" is wrong there, leaving me to wonder how it is used. Requestor ...
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Was “book” to “beek” as “foot” is to “feet”?

"Foot" is a curious word in English because it is pluralized in an unusual way; the "oo" in the word is changed to "ee". Did this once use to be a standard way of pluralizing things in English (or a ...
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Are there rules to determine whether a musician's title will end with “-er” or “-ist”?

There are drummers, buglers, fifers, whistlers, and fiddlers. Folks who play all the other instruments use the -ist suffix -- pianist, violinist, cellist, tympanist, guitarist, flautist, etc, etc, ad ...
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What's the difference between “adviser” and “advisor” — are both interchangeable?

I work for a financial services provider and we deal with "Financial Advisors" all the time. Increasingly, I'm seeing people send emails and so forth with the term "Financial Adviser" and the terms ...
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Difference between “commentor” and “commentator”

What is the difference between commentor and commentator? Is commentor or commenter a legitimate English word?
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Is there a single word for a member of a group who completes a job?

I have a job, for which some people are responsible, say: a, b, c, d and e. If anyone does the job, it is marked as complete. Now let us say c completed the job, so what would I call that person in ...
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Word for a person who uploaded a file?

I am designing a User Interface for a system. Users can upload files, but the files are not necessarily authored by them. I display the name of the user who uploaded the file, but I am unsure how to ...
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One who creates is a creator. What is one who updates?

One who creates is a creator. What is one who updates? An updater? An updator? The last one seems more logical, but also wrong.

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