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This is one of the 117 mis-spellings listed as 'Common difficulties' in the section on 'Spelling' within 'Writing' in UEfAP.

Be careful, when you mean 'a person who does hard manual work', to write the three syllables of labourer.

  • If you omit the third syllable, as is not uncommon in rapid speech, you are using the abstract noun labour, which may be used
    • as a collective noun, to mean 'all workers', 'the workforce'
    • in Britain, with an upper case 'L-', the [[political party of the left.