Creative spelling: ‘Vacume’

Some words lend themselves to phonetic spelling, but vacuum isn’t one of them.

Vacuum, meaning “an empty space” or “void,” comes from the Latin word of the same spelling and dates to the 1500s. There’s also vacuus, which gives us the modern adjective vacuous.

Vacuum was adopted as a name for a household cleaning machine in the early 20th century and was used as a verb by the early 1920s, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Those two U’s in vacuum trip up many people. Usually I see it misspelled vaccum.

Neither vacume nor vaccum is a word, though.

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