Jesus, Biblio! Very interesting question. I misunderstood so completely that I even thought that I was on the English-Spanish forum!
I think I could have counted them on one finger before reading this post!I think I can count on the fngers of one hand the number of times I have come across this word. The last time was in a legal text, and as I recall the meaning was either "to object" or "to assert". I can't see myself ever using it in conversation.
"Aver" means assert or maintain.We did have avérer in French too, but it's about lost except in participe and rarely infinitive forms, and in the reflexive. I would have used aver without hésitation, probably did actually, good thing this thread came along.
Still, it could be useful as a performative less vigorous than swear and more than affirm, couldn't it ???
No, it's that it's common in certain varieties of fiction as "blah blah blah", so-and-so averred. That's mostly where I've seen it anyway.Okay! For some reason when you just posted the pronunciation of the word, my mind clicked on the past tense of it: averred.
I've seen that and heard of that. I might have even used this before.
Why in the world didn't I recognize your word?
I can't recall ever seeing it used in the present tense. Could it be BE/AE differences again?