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Michael Gilligan01/11/2021 06:52:44
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I wonder what subliminal influence this will have on the ‘vacuum-cleaner’ matket:

Vax has been chosen as the word of the year by lexicographers at the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

devil MichaelG.

DiogenesII01/11/2021 07:08:33
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I bet it's having a subliminal influence on conversation over the UK's fourth-richest breakfast table...

Roger Best01/11/2021 09:34:15
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But its a misspelling of a contraction??? surprise

So non-stereotypical.

ega01/11/2021 11:08:42
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 01/11/2021 06:52:44:

I wonder what subliminal influence this will have on the ‘vacuum-cleaner’ matket:

Vax has been chosen as the word of the year by lexicographers at the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

devil MichaelG.

Rather little in my view as the plural of vac for vacuum cleaner is vacs (if I have correctly understood the entry in the Oxford Spelling Dictionary). Does one spell at the subliminal level, though?

Incidentally, I am an appreciative user of the OED website, gratis via my local library membership.

Edited By ega on 01/11/2021 11:09:42

Michael Gilligan01/11/2021 11:11:46
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Oh dear … dont know

My point was that Vax is the trade name of a particular breed of vacuum cleaner.

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Frances IoM01/11/2021 11:21:13
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the use of 'x' as a contraction for hard 'c's or 'ks' at end of a word is an 18th C innovation - eg Manks became Manx gradually over mid to late 18th C
Bill Phinn01/11/2021 11:22:11
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No doubt the makers of Vax vaccuum cleaners will be pleased or displeased depending on how the coinage affects their sales.

Posted by ega on 01/11/2021 11:08:42:

"Rather little in my view as the plural of vac for vacuum cleaner is vacs (if I have correctly understood the entry in the Oxford Spelling Dictionary)."

The plural of "pock" is "pocks", but it didn't stop the parallel existence of the homophone "pox".

Bill Phinn01/11/2021 11:23:22
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Posted by Frances IoM on 01/11/2021 11:21:13:
the use of 'x' as a contraction for hard 'c's or 'ks' at end of a word is an 18th C innovation - eg Manks became Manx gradually over mid to late 18th C

To be distinguished from the still current "Mancs".

ega01/11/2021 11:33:26
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 01/11/2021 11:11:46:

Oh dear … dont know

My point was that Vax is the trade name of a particular breed of vacuum cleaner.

MichaelG.

I don't think I knew that but am glad to see that going off at a tangent has elicited some other interesting posts.

Entirely by the way, I believe that the term vacuum cleaner is a misnomer.

Michael Gilligan01/11/2021 11:46:42
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Posted by ega on 01/11/2021 11:33:26:

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Entirely by the way, I believe that the term vacuum cleaner is a misnomer.

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So you will probably be pleased to learn that I refer to the the lady as a Diabetes Nurse, not a Diabetic Nurse … on the basis that [to the best of my knowledge] she is not Diabetic.

MichaelG.

Bill Phinn01/11/2021 12:40:07
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 01/11/2021 11:46:42:

So you will probably be pleased to learn that I refer to the the lady as a Diabetes Nurse, not a Diabetic Nurse … on the basis that [to the best of my knowledge] she is not Diabetic.

MichaelG.

On a related note, it doesn't alleviate my Weltschmerz when I see the doubly insensitive use of "thief" in the frequently encountered journalistic term "moped thief":

Often the people referred to have earlier stolen the mopeds (and therefore are thieves) but the crimes that make them the particular focus of the news report are more often robberies (not thefts) committed using a moped.

Edited By Bill Phinn on 01/11/2021 12:40:32

old mart01/11/2021 13:12:34
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It will take a lot to displace the "hoover" common used name.

ega01/11/2021 13:46:51
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 01/11/2021 11:46:42:

Posted by ega on 01/11/2021 11:33:26:

[…]

Entirely by the way, I believe that the term vacuum cleaner is a misnomer.

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So you will probably be pleased to learn that I refer to the the lady as a Diabetes Nurse, not a Diabetic Nurse … on the basis that [to the best of my knowledge] she is not Diabetic.

MichaelG.

Yes indeed - more power to your linguistic elbow!

I assume that the "word of the year" is based on usage but such expressions as the well-established "disabled toilet" do rather grate.

pgk pgk01/11/2021 13:57:14
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Posted by ega on 01/11/2021 13:46:51:

I assume that the "word of the year" is based on usage but such expressions as the well-established "disabled toilet" do rather grate.

'Organic vegetables'. I’ve never seen an inorganic version unless it's an ornament.

pgk

duncan webster01/11/2021 14:06:47
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Posted by Bill Phinn on 01/11/2021 12:40:07:
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 01/11/2021 11:46:42:

.......

On a related note, it doesn't alleviate my Weltschmerz when I see the doubly insensitive use of "thief" in the frequently encountered journalistic term "moped thief":

Edited By Bill Phinn on 01/11/2021 12:40:32

And none of these so called mopeds seem to feature pedals for muscle assistance

Bill Dawes01/11/2021 18:31:07
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The first thing I said to my wife when we saw this on the news this morning was "I bet Vax will be pleased, free advertising"

Vacuum cleaner a misnomer? it creates a vacuum (or partial vacuum or negative pressure) to 'suck dirt out* as an industrial fan engineer I would be interested to know why it is a misnomer.

Bill D.

Grindstone Cowboy01/11/2021 18:36:26
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Maybe "suction duster" is more accurate?

Rob

Nicholas Farr01/11/2021 18:48:24
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Hi, well I've been Vaxing my carpets for over 20 years (not continually though!)

Regards Nick.

Kiwi Bloke01/11/2021 19:51:44
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So, do 'anti-vax' people live in filthy houses?

... and to swerve off topic a little, here in semi-literate New Zealand, the New Zealand Long-tailed Bat has just been nominated 'Bird of the Year'. I mean, like, English words mean wot you want, innit?

Peter Greene 🇨🇦01/11/2021 21:35:26
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Posted by Kiwi Bloke on 01/11/2021 19:51:44:

So, do 'anti-vax' people live in filthy houses?



Doesn't matter ... they're going to catch Covid-19

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