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pavior or paver

Discussion in 'Specialized Terminology' started by Baco, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Baco Junior Member

    miami
    english-spanish
    Hello everyone, I teach esl at night. I have a student who wants to describe his occupation in English. He lays asphalt whom I would refer to as a 'paver'. I found a dictionary which lists this occupation as 'pavior' or, 'paver'. However, when I submit the word to wordreference, I am told the word doesn't exist. Anyone into paving?
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2014
  2. fsabroso

    fsabroso Moderadiólogo

    South Texas
    Perú / Castellano
    Hello baco:

    Please,
    fsabroso
    Moderator
     
  3. Baco Junior Member

    miami
    english-spanish
    Got it. Can anyone help with my query?
     
  4. Sympathy Senior Member

    London
    English (British)
    I'd call your student an asphalter, or perhaps a road maker.

    But pavio(u)r and paver are the right words for a man who lays paving, i.e. pieces of stone, concrete, marble etc., to make a pavement or path or patio.
     
  5. Baco Junior Member

    miami
    english-spanish
     
  6. k-in-sc

    k-in-sc Senior Member

    I don't think "pavior" would be understood at all. It sounds archaic.
    He works on a paving crew, he works laying asphalt. You don't need a noun.
     
  7. Baco Junior Member

    miami
    english-spanish
    Thank you for your helpful input k-in-sc and Sympathy. Both answers are very coherent and I will certainly keep them in mind when teaching.
     

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