May 23, 2006 7:31 am

Vaccum or Vacuum?

Filed under: English,Miscellaneous — ramsblog @ 7:31 am

   It is amazing to know how well we usually read the words. I guess most times we just make the word ourselves looking at it and not reading it. There was also a study sometime back that we usually follow the sentence or guess the sentence before reading it most of the time and proceed irrespective of how common words are spelled.

Few minutes ago, I was AMAZED for a moment when Word application didn’t recognize the word – VACCUM. What do you call and how do you spell a volume of an empty space of matter? For many years I always spelled it as v-a-c-c-u-m (vaccum cleaner, for instance); only now that I noticed it spelled as v-a-c-u-u-m. I just noticed even Wikipedia re-directs me va-c-u-u-m when I searched for va-c-c-u-m.

Oh, even Technorati has tags spelled in both ways – vacuum cleaner and vaccum cleaner.
I tried on Miriam webster – it suggests possible spellings
I looked for a vaccum cleaner on Best Buy store website; although it lists what I am looking for but they are spelled as vacuum cleaner.

Are they both correct and differ in different regions?


  1. Oh yeah…We dont read whole words I guess…Our mind just sees the words..so even if the words are jumbled we cna amnage to read the sentence

    Comment by Lakshmi — May 23, 2006 5:33 pm @ 5:33 pm | Reply

  2. Its the one with u-u since I have known vacuum.

    Comment by Raj — May 30, 2006 9:07 am @ 9:07 am | Reply

  3. Even I discovered ‘u-u’ at the age of 23. and now I’m 24…cheers!!!

    Comment by Preetam Rodrigues — February 27, 2012 3:56 pm @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  4. OMG !!!! LMAO………..

    Just same sequence of events happened to me today, 1 dec,2012 !!!!!!……….

    it feels like world is playing with me … :O 😉
    for a second i even thought someone just took a time machine and jumbled it…..

    and now u…..

    Comment by Deepesh Jain — December 1, 2012 10:29 am @ 10:29 am | Reply

  5. Almost after a year later, I realized and having a hard time to believe that it’s vacuum and not otherwise! Wow! Everyday is indeed a new learning experience

    Comment by Rashi — November 27, 2013 4:43 pm @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  6. ^almost a year later your comment i realized it via google chrome’s spell check =))

    Comment by manoj — November 27, 2014 7:45 am @ 7:45 am | Reply

  7. I just realized it is spelled u-u and not c-c. Pretty sad considering I’m 29 years old now.

    Comment by Adam J — April 27, 2015 10:53 pm @ 10:53 pm | Reply

  8. When I was young I’ve always thought that there were two spellings, ‘vaccum’ for ‘vaccum cleaner’ and ‘vacuum’ for the absence of matter. *facepalms*

    Comment by Vaccum cleaner — June 2, 2015 5:33 pm @ 5:33 pm | Reply

  9. Even I thought it was vaccum all these years , until I came across this word “vacuum ” in my daughter’s book .

    Comment by Tasneem — October 31, 2015 9:34 pm @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  10. Well, marketers use “vacuum” so even if its not a correct one – it will be soon XD And i always thought that vacum for space one is with only one “u” XD

    Comment by Alice Shepard — March 26, 2018 10:32 am @ 10:32 am | Reply

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