It’s likely that many of you have already hit upon this easy solution, but here it is for those who, like me, were unaware:
I have this long hair. And I have a vacuum with a beater brush. So you can see where this is going: I have an issue. It doesn’t happen every single time, but often the beater brush gets wound up with hair.
I’ve attacked the problem with scissors*, but that mostly leaves me frustrated. Inspiration hit (thank You, Lord), and I thought upon my seam ripper.
Problem solved. 😊
I’m thinking a very sharp pair of manicure (or “cuticle”) scissors* might also work well.
*An aside: Words are funny.
“Scissors” is in a very small group of words that are the same word, whether singular or plural. “Glasses” and “pants” are the only other ones I can think of, off hand.
“The scissors are on the counter.” [Here, you can’t even tell if it’s singular OR plural. These kinds of words are always used with a plural verb. However, “a pair of” can be used to denote a singular (with a singular verb, such as The pair of scissors is on the counter).]
“Hand me a scissors.”
“She has a collection of several antique scissors.”
I looked up the etymology, and discussions referred to Latin and French origins. It is thought that it started out as a plural since there are two blades that slide against one another. I suppose that’s the logic behind pants (two legs) and glasses (two pieces of glass), as well. Merriam-Webster refers to such words as plurale tantum. (https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/singular-of-scissors )
Can you think of other odd words we use?