april asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

Do the English say "Hoovering" instead of vacuuming?

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  • 1 month ago
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    Because the first vacuum cleaners sold in Britain were made by Hoover. In a similar way, the first commercially successful ball-point pens were invented by László Bíró and ballpoints are called biros to this day. There are many more specific names that have become generic such as band-aid, bubble wrap, dumpster, post-it etc

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    As "tentofeld" wrote, one of the major early vacuum cleaner companies in the UK was the brand name "Hoover" which back in the 1930's, 40's and 50's was also big in the USA. Don't know what appened to the USA "Hoover" brand.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Apparently yes, and there's some justification for that, as it doesn't involve a true vacuum.

    We Dutch and Germans simply call it "dust-sucking"

  • 1 month ago

    Many do, not all of them.

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