primer : Common Errors in English

About primer

When this word is used in the US to mean “elementarytextbook” it is pronounced with a short “I”:“primmer” (rhymes with “dimmer” ). All othermeanings are pronounced with a long “I": “prymer”(rhymes with “timer” ).

primer Meaning(s)

  • (n) an introductory textbook
  • (n) any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant
  • (n) the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface

primer in News

  1. Primed & ready

    Typically, when a new superhero film franchise is about to launch, I like to offer curious fans-to-be a bit of a primer; a reading list that will bring them up to speed on who the characters is, where they came from and what they can do.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Asbury Park Press

  2. Beach House bucks modern trends

    Indie rock duo learning to navigate the past, future by John Schacht If you were seeking a poster-band primer on how to navigate the amorphous landscape of today's music industry without losing your aesthetic way, you could do a lot worse than Baltimore's Beach House. The duo of singer/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and multi-instrumentalist Alex Scally released its eponymous debut in 2006, and ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Creative Loafing Charlotte

  3. DIALOGUES: Is this the football of the future?

    T wo Saturdays ago, NBC — not NBCSN , not MSNBC , not CNBC — NBC , the original, top cock peacock that gave us titans of entertainment like “Night Court,” “ ALF ,” and “Go On,” was televising collegiate rugby. This was clearly a primer for unlearned American football fans, with frequent pop-ups explaining the rule that was just enforced or strategy employed. read more
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Sierra Vista Herald

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