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recip

noun; clipping
a reciprocating saw; a saw that utilizes a long skinny blade (that goes back and forth rapidly) allowing it to cut metal, wood, or plastic in hard-to-reach places.
 
this term is the clipped form of the more technical term ‘reciprocating saw,’ which is widely used in the construction/fabrication industry. These types of clippings are likely done to increase efficiency in communication in many fast-paced industries, like construction.
Etymology : this term is a clipping of the term ‘reciprocating saw,’ which is probably from the Latin term ‘reciproco’(to move back and forth), which is likely parsed as follows: ‘re’(back) + ‘pro’(forth) + ‘que’(and). The use of this term as applied to machinery dates back to 1822.
Source : My dad said to me, “can you pass me the recip?” (Conversation. October, 2018) https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/reciprocate https://www.etymonline.com/word/reciprocating?ref=etymonline_crossreference
Last modified: 10 December 2018


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