’Ere, why don't we get some cigarettes?
An example of ere is saying a person should arrive prior to appetizers being served, ere the serving of the appetizers.
Origin of ere
- Middle English er from Old English ǣr ayer- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English ere, from Old English ǣr. (adverb, conjunction, & preposition), from Proto-Germanic *airiz comparative of Proto-Germanic *airi (“early”), from Proto-Indo-European *áyeri (“day, morning”) (compare Avestan (ayar, “day”), Gk. ἠέριος (ēérios, “at daybreak”), see also era). The adverb erstwhile retains the Old English superlative ǣrest (“earliest”).
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