Recipe Friday: Vacuum Beater Brush Tip (Also a Small Takeoff on Scissors)

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.

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*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. ( )

Can you think of other odd words we use?

20 thoughts on “Recipe Friday: Vacuum Beater Brush Tip (Also a Small Takeoff on Scissors)

  1. I have often collected these:
    1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
    2. The farm was used to produce produce.
    3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
    4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
    5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
    6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
    7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
    8. At the Army base, a bass was painted on the head of a bass drum.
    9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
    10. I did not object to the object.
    11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
    12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
    13. They were too close to the door to close it.
    14. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
    15. A seamstress and a sewer fell into a sewer line.

    And this is just part of my collection! 😄

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  2. You have given me lots to think on here and taught me a whole heap of stuff, Kathy! Oh the struggles of long, haired gals! I was happy to see my last vacuum has a line across the bar, where the pair of scissors cuts across easily. I have used a smaller pair of scissors before but never the stitch ripper! Thanks my friend!

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    1. 😅 We all have our burdens to bear, huh Renee? I do love it when people share their genius tips. This seemed like genius to me, but I’m pretty easily delighted. I hadn’t heard of a “scissors-friendly line” for a beater brush, but what a good idea.

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