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con cum with

I’ve seen some writeups around the internet where they use the word “con-cum” or “con cum with”. I know “cum” means with in Latin like “suma cum laude” or transformation like “bus cum green house (bus converted to green house). Can anyone tell me how to use “cum” correctly, or should I avoid it as much as possible?

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"Cum" usually means that something performs two functions. So a "bus-cum-greenhouse" wouldn't work (unless you're planning to drive the greenhouse around). A better example would be a "garage-cum-workshop." And yes, it's Latin for "with."

ArianGrammarian September 4, 2008, 5:38am

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and, as in ArianGrammarian's example, use the hyphens.

jedwardcooper September 11, 2008, 4:06pm

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Better not to use "cum" at all unless you're speaking/writing in Latin.

Mike January 30, 2009, 4:01pm

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