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Er…St Gilers, Cheggers and Jezza

May 31, 2013

 

When someone recently used the term “St Giler” to describe a regular customer to our café, I was rather curious as to how and when such a word had originated.

It transpires that there is a long standing Oxford tradition to add “er” or “ers” as a somewhat facetious suffix.  It is thought to have been borrowed from the slang of Rugby School circa 1875 where of course rugby football was first played and quite quickly became known as “rugger”.

Er, from there on and right up to today, it’s possible to trace a rich history of adding “er” and “ers” which has been more recently replaced by “zza” or “cca” as in Jezza, Macca and Prezza.

Here are some of my favourites..

Peeler

Fiver

Tenner

Balders

Aggers

Blowers

Cheggers

Crackers

Bonkers

Twickers

 

Er, that’s enough.  The full story can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_%22-er%22

Bugger.

 

 

 

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