Word Confusion: Laager vs Lager vs Logger

Posted July 3, 2017 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Editing, Self-Editing, Word Confusions, Writing

The useful bit about these three being heterographs is that at least one knows how to pronounce lager and laager. Although, I suppose if you have a few too many lagers, you shouldn’t run out to be a logger or build that laager.

Word Confusions…

…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.

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Laager Lager Logger
Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: scutch and logger

Model of a laager with livestock in the center

“Laager” is courtesy of Warlord Games

A shelf of bottled Budweiser beers

“Bud and Budvar” is by Dorisall at English Wikipedia under the GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0 licenses, via Wikimedia Commons

Budweiser is a popular lager.

A logger in hard hard, jeans, and flannel shirt standing by a few logs and an office building

“A Lumberjack at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show” is Wknight94’s own work under the GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0 licenses, via Wikimedia Commons

A logger standing by some logs.

Part of Grammar:
Verb, intransitive & transitive

Plural for the noun and third person present verb: laagers
Past tense or past participle: laagered
Gerund or present participle: laagering

Variant spelling for lager

Noun 1, 2;
Verb, intransitive 1

Plural for the noun and third person present verb: lagers
Past tense or past participle: lagered
Gerund or present participle: lagering

Variant spelling for laager

Noun 3, 4
Plural for the noun: loggers
[South African; historical] A camp or encampment formed by a circle of wagons

An entrenched position or viewpoint that is defended against opponents

[Military] A place where armored vehicles are parked

Verb, intransitive:
[South African; historical] Make camp

Verb, transitive:
[South African; historical] Form vehicles into a camp

A.k.a., lager beer

A beer stored from six weeks to six months for aging before use 1

A light-bodied effervescent beer, fermented in a closed vessel using yeasts that sink to the bottom of the brew 2

Verb, transitive:
To age beer, usually by storing in tanks at just-below freezing temperatures for several weeks or months

A person who fells trees for timber 3

  • A lumberjack

A tractor used in logging

A machine for loading logs

A device or computer program for making a systematic recording of events, observations, or measurements

One who enters data in a log 4

Get those horses inside the laager.

I don’t trust any one news outlet, as they’re each in their own political laager.

Form up the laager. We’re camping here tonight.

Trump’s mind is its own laager.

Verb, intransitive:
Laager ’round, boys.

The troops crossed the river to laager for the night.

Verb, transitive:
Van Rensburg’s wagons were not laagered, but scattered about.

I do enjoy a cold lager in the summer, otherwise I prefer ales and stouts.

Some of the German lagers include pilsner, Bock, Märzen, and Schwarzbier.

Lagers are the world’s most popular beers.

Verb, transitive:
We’ve been lagering this batch for the past two months.

“Centuries of lagering brought about a new strain of yeast, one that thrives at colder temperatures (Homebrewing.org).

Lagering beer makes it clearer and cleaner-tasting.

How many loggers ya got on this crew?

Pull that logger around and get these logs loaded.

Sorry, boss, but the logger is in maintenance.

A logger is a command line utility that can send messages to the syslog in your computer.

Be careful you don’t have a keystroke logger installed in your computer!

Most loggers are data entry clerks.

Noun: loggerhead
History of the Word:
Afrikaans, 1840-50, from the Dutch leger or lager meaning camp. 1 1835-45, short for lager beer in a half adoption, half translation of the German Lagerbier.

2 Mid-19th century from the German Lagerbier meaning beer stored for keeping, from Lager meaning storehouse.

3 An Americanism dating back to 1725-35, log + -er.

4 1958.

C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?

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Pinterest Photo Credits:

Forstarbeiter, Studentenbrigade“, from Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1982-0728-004, which is under the CC BY-SA 3.0 de license and “Bud Beer” by Algont from nl is under the GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0 licenses; both via Wikimedia Commons.