If yes, does it have the same meaning of vacuum?


  • Vacuum (Wikipedia)
  • Vaccum.org (dead link / domain not in use; verified on 28.12.2020).

Both the sites define the same meaning, but the spelling differs.

Some dictionaries also have an entry for vaccum which links to vacuum.

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    The first site you linked to doesn't mention the spelling vaccum at all though. And I don't believe you should take the second site too seriously, as it has links to vaccuum.org and ultravide.org (the last one being for the French word ultravide, which doesn't exist either). – Mr Lister Feb 14 '13 at 10:21
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    Sometimes there are just mistakes that unfortunately get repeated. – Mitch Feb 14 '13 at 14:33
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    Re: vaccum.org It is very common for website domain names to take the form of words which are often misspelled so that they can get advertising hits. – horatio Feb 14 '13 at 19:40
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    The "Wellccome" on the vaccum.org site ought to give you a hint. – Kit Z. Fox Feb 15 '13 at 13:17
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    Ironically, vacuum.org is currently available. – smci Oct 12 '13 at 10:40

Urban Dictionary says "vaccum: A word presumably used by those who do not know that the correct spelling is "vacuum".

More seriously, NGram thinks vaccum doesn't exist at all.


Clearly it does, because you and the second website you link to use it. If you’re asking if it’s the normal spelling for the word describing a space empty of matter, then it is not. The normal spelling is vacuum. The Corpus of Contemporary American English has 2 records for it, against 5810 for vacuum. The figures for the British National Corpus are 1 and 919.

  • I checked both instances and they look like typos (one journalistic, one from a thriller); I disagree that establishes usage. We might just as well claim 'websyte' is an alternative spelling of 'website' if we found one instance of it. – smci Oct 11 '13 at 9:24
  • I don't think I said that. – Barrie England Oct 11 '13 at 9:33
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    What exactly are you saying then though? One questionable spelling establishes in ~6000 establishes an alternative spelling. Or the whimsical use by the site vaccum.org with their "Wellccome" message? I don't think either of these establishes an alternative spelling. – smci Oct 12 '13 at 10:41
  • Where it is used, it has the same meaning as vacuum, but I don't recommend it, and I didn't say that I did. – Barrie England Oct 12 '13 at 11:31
  • I never thought you recommended it. I just wondered if you were suggesting a handful of examples established an alternative spelling. But no. Thanks for clarifying. – smci Oct 12 '13 at 22:45

But, but, but ... Urban Dictionary lists "vaccum':

A word presumably used by those who do not know that the correct spelling is "vacuum".

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