Manifestor vs. Manifester

manifester vs. manifestor definedA few years ago I queried fellow creators about the proper spelling of one who manifests: is it manifestor or manifester?

More people search google with the -er spelling, but here’s how actual manifestors weighed in:

  • Greg suggested since a manifestor is also a creator, it should be spelled -or.
  • John pointed out that neither version appears in Websters dictionary, so we get to pick. (Yay for being on the leading edge!)
  • All but one conscious creator expressed their personal preference for the -or version.

The other day, though, after Cassie asked the question on an LOA coach training call, Lisa gave us a response that settled the question once and for all:

Something ending in -er is usually a thing, like a toaster or a duster. Words ending in -or usually reference a person, like governor or doctor. Therefore, I am a manifestor.

The rules on -er vs. -or suffixes basically say Latin roots get the -or ending and English derived words get an -er ending.

Since manifest has a Latin root (from manifestus, meaning “caught in the act; obvious”) it seems yet again that the -or ending is confirmed.

Yet has a reference to manifester with the -er ending under its entry for “manifest.”

So now you know the situation, in case you’re an LOA geek like me and were wondering.

Regardless of how we spell it, though, everyone is a manifestor / manifester.

Each of us creates our reality. Whether we know it or not. Whether we like it or not.

However, not all of us are doing it consciously.

Here’s to those of us who own our power to create reality consciously and deliberately!

  • February 14, 2015
  • Sandeep says:

    Nice to know, Jeannette
    Love and regards

  • Barbara — I once told an editor-type person that they will have to pry the double-space from my cold, dead hand. Along those lines, I’m still wanting to get one of those IBM Selectrics that have been converted into a keyboard for a computer. That sound is soooo satisfying. As a master manifestor, I don’t have one yet since it would be quite the thing to lug around in the car! 😉

  • Barbara says:

    This discussion reminds of words that are spelled differently across English-speaking countries: labor vs. labour; colour vs. color, traveling vs. travelling, etc. I’ve had this discussion in my professional life with titles for “advisor/adviser” and we’ve debated and pondered on how to write it on a person’s business card, in an email, etc. In my opinion, there’s no real good answer, except to choose whatever feels good! Same applies here! 🙂
    P.S. But what I’m holding onto from my upbringing is the 2 spaces between sentences! I’m still in typewriter-mode. LOL

  • says regarding the -or suffix: “a suffix forming animate or inanimate agent nouns, occurring originally in loanwords from Anglo-French.” Since the origin is Middle-French, Middle-English, and Latin, the -or suffix might be proper and then again, is it? It’s not Anglo-French.
    But it also says that the -er is “a suffix used in forming nouns designating persons from the object of their occupation or labor”
    I wouldn’t call manifesting “labor,” but perhaps an occupation? So, like lawyer, officer, painter, manifester, etc. Though I don’t particularly like the “fester” part, which connotes infection. We don’t want that. But…
    Spell at will! Which do you prefer? Either way, we’re still following the right path, called manifester or manifestor. 🙂

  • Karen says:

    I can see where this could go either way. Think of the word “fester” as a multiplication of what is being created. On the other hand, I see Gregg’s point entirely. Also, I would be more inclined to go with the Latin root argument than the version. Manifestation has always been, so I like the more historic connection. A ship’s manifest has a list of passengers. And manifest could be an adjective, as in “manifest destiny.”
    At any rate, it is what it is and as you said, it happens with or without our consent or conscious intent. So the more conscious intent we put into it, and more awareness we have of it, the better festering of our many manifestations! Happy Manifestation!

  • Charles says:

    Nice post!
    I don’t know why,but it somehow sounds so Spanish,lol!
    Best regards,

  • Alora says:

    Jeannette! It’s like you always know what I’m wondering about. (Or is that LOA?) 😉
    Fantastic post – so glad you wrote it! I have always preferred “manifestor”, and now I feel even fancier saying it. Hee hee. 🙂

  • Jeannette says:

    I think that’s the word telling us what it wants, Frank! 🙂

  • It’s so fascinating that, of all the possible things, this is what you chose to post about.
    I’ve often wondered why when I’m writing the word manifestor on behalf of Paul & The Communion of Light, there is a real insistence to use the letter “o,” even though spell-check wants to correct that.
    I love all the different explanations and suggestions above!
    Thanks Jeannette!

  • I knew there was a reason I always spelled it ‘manifestor‘, and YES, we are ALL THAT! 😉
    Many blessings,

  • Cassie says:

    Love this Jeannette!!!

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