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Gum Band

noun; compounding metaphor
an elastic and bendable ring of rubber that can be used to tie things together
 
The term ‘gum band’ is a compound word that is metaphorically related to another compound word, ‘rubber band.’ The difference between the two words lies in the relationship between ‘gum’ and ‘rubber.’ Since gum and rubber are both known to be stretchy, pliable, and flexible substances, they have similar meanings and the metaphorical connection between the two substances is relatively strong. This term is used specifically by some individuals of the Pittsburgh community, which has a unique variation of the English language as it includes many borrowings and influences from ethnic neighborhoods that were present during the height of the steel industry in the area. These ethnic influences were picked up by other local residents, some of whom continue to use and reapply these words.
Etymology : A compound of the words ‘gum’ and ‘band.’ The form of ‘gum’ is a shortened version of the American term ‘chewing gum.’ However, the word also has roots in old French from the word ‘gome’ meaning “resin.” The word ‘band’ is influenced by an Old Norse word meaning “something that binds”. (from Online Etymology Dictionary)
Source : “You can never find a gum band when you need one!” -Skype conversation with a friend (October 2011)
Last modified: 3 December 2011


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