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Handcuuming

verb; analogy
pick up things off of the floor without a vacuum This word was a sort of spontaneous creation. Because of an earlier conversation, my roommate had expected me to be vacuuming the room upon his return. We he instead found me picking up bits of debris from the floor with my hand, he quickly related the two ideas, as the both accomplish the same goal, if to a lesser degree. Of course, the analogy is not perfect, as the ‘cuum’ in vacuum is a component of vacuum and not perfectly blendable with another word like hand. In our room, it has undergone widening to refer (typically jokingly) to cleaning (by picking up) anything with the hands in physical areas that vacuums would not typically be used. Toyed-with offshoots include sweepcuuming and cover-upcuuming.
 
“The damn vacuum’s not working so I’m just handcuuming the floor”
Etymology : hand + (vac)uum
Source : Spoken by roommate cleaning the room
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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