-ers words in British slang
Frank Pierce
I think we touched this a few months ago, but I'd be interested in seeing some examples of the contracted "ers" words that are in use in common British slang.

Typical examples are "preggers" for pregnant and "starkers" for completely naked. I've heard both in daily use.

And when did this become commmon?

Lewis Joplin II
-ers - "...As to the -ers in champers, starkers, stark ravers and goodness knows how many others: this quaint bit of philological zanyism seems to have started at Rugby, a public school (private school in the U.S.), over a century ago, then passed to Oxford along with one or more 'old boys,' and thence into chic young society along with one of more Oxford graduates. The standard word is corrupted, usually truncated, and then inflicted with an -ers. Pregnant to preg- to preggers and so on. On the whole, these concoctions seem to have a simpering sound and appear to be well past their zenith." From "British English from A to Zed" by Norman Schur (FirstHarperPerennial edition, 1991).
Frank Pierce
Thanks Lewis. You're a font of info!
Lewis Joplin II
You're welcome.
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