Rancour - ranker
From Hull AWE
- Rancour means "Deep-rooted and bitter ill feeling; resentment or animosity, esp. of long standing; an instance of this" (OED 2008).
- Ranker is rarely used these days.
- In its original sense, more common in Bridges' day than now, it meant an ordinary soldier, 'one who serves in the ranks'; what is now called an 'other rank', or, less formally, a squaddie (an 'enlisted rank' in the USA).
- It now more commonly means 'one who puts into rank order'.
- This includes such websites (and algorithms) as ranker.com and similar programmes designed to help search engines, and above all to optimize the positioning of one's own (commercial) website or address in the results delivered by a website in response to a search.