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"Persister" or "Persistor"?

I don't know that this is supported by any authority, but I feel that "persister" means "something that persists", whereas "persistor" means "something that provides persistence". That said, I am a ...
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Which is the proper spelling: "Adapter" or "adaptor"?

The British newspaper The Guardian, for instance, makes a distinction between adaptor vs. adapter in its internal style guide, namely, use adaptor when referring to devices and adapter when referring ...
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How do I decide whether I should spell the word "idolator" or "idolater"?

Well, if they really are both considered acceptable (it seems to be the case, at least according to several reputable English dictionaries), I'd go with the most frequently used word. A quick check ...
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Synonyms for -mancy (like necromancy)

There is a Wikipedia article which is very extensive that lists methods of divination. There are three main suffixes I can discern from these -mancy // From Latin mantia or Greek manteia, meaning ...
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How do I decide whether I should spell the word "idolator" or "idolater"?

Perhaps you should use the most common spelling, which is "idolater"; as both spellings are regarded as acceptable, you are not constrained to do that, although it's probable that more of your readers ...
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What’s the rule for adding “-er” vs. “-or” when forming an agent noun from a verb?

Latinate agent nouns end in -tor (or -sor) As RegDwigнt's answer mentions, verbs that form agent nouns in -or usually have the form of Latin perfect passive participle stems. Latin perfect passive ...
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Which is the proper spelling: "Adapter" or "adaptor"?

Here's a good article on the subject... essentially, there is no 'correct' answer to this question. Incidentally, some would argue quite the opposite in regards to either form referring to people or ...
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Permittee and Permitter?

According to Wiktionary, you can. permitter (plural permitters) One who permits.
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"Persister" or "Persistor"?

I know this is an old question, but it's one that I had too. Given the definition of persistor from Wiktionary: (sociology) A person who persists in unsocial behavior and the definition of ...
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What's the difference between "adviser" and "advisor" -- are both interchangeable?

In Australian Financial Services, the legislation uses the spelling Adviser so that is the source of truth in Industry. In regular Australian vernacular both spellings are used.
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What is the agent noun of the verb mirror?

Mirrorer does exist, it is just very rare, and possibly not found in any dictionaries. But here are three examples from Google Books of it being used (bolding added by me): Remember the mirroring ...
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Synonyms for -mancy (like necromancy)

The suffix '-magi' or '-magus' would refer to a practitioner of a magical art. Wiktionary pyromagus: A fire magician animagus: In Potterdom, a shapeshifter. It is not as commonly-used as the '-...
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Is it franchiser, or franchisor?

Confusion seems to have arisen between franchiser and franchisee. The "-ee" suffix refers to the one who may accept something and the "er" usually refers to the one furnishing that ...
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Is it franchiser, or franchisor?

The definition of a franchiser is a company that {offers} franchise rights to those who want to own a franchise. The definition of a franchisor is a company which or person who has granted {and ...
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When is it appropriate to use "adjustor" instead of "adjuster"?

Adjustor was a legal title like attorney at law when I was hired by a major commercial lines insurance group in 1970. I was the first Adustor in their 100 year history who was not a law school grad. ...
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When is it appropriate to use "adjustor" instead of "adjuster"?

Adjuster is the standard English spelling according to Webster's. Adjustor is considered a "secondary variant" which is less common. Rule of thumb is to always use the first listed spelling of a ...
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What is the agent noun of the verb mirror?

What is an agent noun? Agents generally have the endings “-er” or “-or.” These suffixes, when added to a root word, mean someone who does something. OP: Not quite. The word I'm looking for would be ...
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Any advice for agentive suffixes of single-syllable words ending in y?

Barring anything else, refer to the commonly referred to dictionary in your country. For instance, if I were to address this in terms of US English, I would say use flier because this is what Merriam-...
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Questions related to acceptability of "threatener / threatenee."

Many -er nouns built from verbs do not have -ee correlatives at the opposite end of the implied action. In some cases, the person or thing at the other end is also identified with an -er noun (giver, ...
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Is 'Seamster' a gender-specific noun?

Michael Quinion, Ologies and Isms: Word Beginnings and Endings (2002), part of the Oxford Paperback Reference series, has this say about the suffix -ster: -ster A person or thing associated with a an ...
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What's the rule for transforming a verb into a noun if it ends in "ee"?

See -> seer (but this has a special meaning -- a soothsayer) Flee --> escapee (this one is counter-intuitive!) Agree --> supporter Alternatively: Those who agree / he is in agreement
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What's the rule for transforming a verb into a noun if it ends in "ee"?

You just need to add "r" to any verbs that end with "e", including "ee", to form a noun. "agreer" is a legitimate word and I am sure your Chrome worked in a wrong way.
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Implementor vs. Implementer

they are alternative spellings of one another, so they are equivalent. Having said that, I would prefer He implemented the library. Unless you are trying to say something different, like he ...
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"Massager" vs "masseuse"

The terms masseuse/masseur are titles used earlier when the industry was just beginning. The term today and the one that massage therapist prefer is (massage therapist) and not masseuse/masseur. When ...
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What's the difference between "adviser" and "advisor" -- are both interchangeable?

While in general adviser and advisor mean the same thing, it appears in at least one context that is not true. In Canadian banks financial advisers are subject to regulation, but financial advisors ...
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