Requester or Requestor?

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I'm having a problem with the word requester. Or is it requestor? I've looked at several online dictionaries and can't find a distinction between the two words.

I'm using the word in a web page information request form. Is the person submitting the request the requester or the requestor?

Thank you.
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Guest,

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I tried a couple dictionaries and couldn't find "requestor".

However, Merriam-Websters shows both as having the same meaning. In other words, they are interchangeable.

You can find the [url="http://www.m-w.com /"]Merriam-Webster dictionary here.[/url]

If it were me, I would use "requester" because it is is the dictionaries that I tried and it scores more hits by Google.

Hope that helps.

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Anonymous:
requestor is used in law.

requester is for common usage.
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Anonymous:
I interpret the "or" ending to generally imply a formal, traditional, official, occupational, or professional role, whereas the "er" ending implies a more transient, occasional, or trivial use. But I also believe that the vast majority inevitably rules when it comes to language. I believe "requestor" and "requester" are currently used in about equal numbers. So you decide. Vote with your keyboard. Your grandchildren will see whether you won or lost. And then it will change back again. Language is like that.
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Anonymous:
 I agree that "requester" is the common version.
I use "requestor" when I am making an explicit or implicit juxtaposition to "requestee."
The "requestor" is one who requests, and the "requestee" is one of whom something is requested  
This is a manner of writing that anyone who went to law school would be very comfortable with.  Having gone to law school, it is hard for me to gage the level appropriateness of the "or/ee" regime for non-legal writing.
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Anonymous:
The two words mean tha same thing. Requestor is the older form, derived from the Latin ending -or, which is translated "one who". Hence, a requestor is one who requests. Requester is the English form, following the modern custom of ending such words with -er. Either form is correct.
Anonymous:
requestor
All along, I have learned to spell "requestor" with "or" and to me "er" is not the correct spelling. There are many words
like that can throw us for a loop in English.
Consider "Translate". It ends with "te" but a person who does the translating is a "translator". Notice that "e" becomes"an "O".
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please can i also see/read the response on the above subject?
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