Manner - manor

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The two homophones form one of the sets of homophones listed by the then Poet Laureate Robert Bridges.
(For more, see Bridges homophones). AWE has a category listing our articles on each of these..

Manner and manor can be confused - but only out of deep ignorance! The confusion counts as an eggcorn.

  • A manor began as a unit of land in the Middle Ages (roughly enough land to support a knight and all that went with him). Now it is rarely used, although it has some slang meanings, such as the territory over which a policeman claims knowledge or authority.
  • Manner on the other hand is quite a common word, and has several meanings. Basically these are to do with 'the way' in which one does something. Manners is roughly the socially acceptable way in which one talks to other people, or eats one's food ('table manners'), etc.