Is there any other word to express A-cum-B instead of using "cum"? I don't want to use "cum" as it may cause unwanted laughingstock.

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    It's not really clear what you mean here. Can you explain in what way you're linking A and B? More context will allow for a better answer here. – Snow Oct 20 '16 at 6:54
  • A union B maybe? I'm not sure of your context though, so I can't be of much help there. Please elaborate the question with context so you get better tailored answers. – ikartik90 Oct 20 '16 at 6:58
  • For example, HR manager-cum-General manager – Nhat Kha Feb 23 '17 at 4:47

With the unfortunate modern connotation, it may be better just to omit the word. Instead of using studio-cum-office, just use studio-office. It will be understandable.


The meaning of cum in this sense is "combined" or "with" (from the Latin for "with").

For example a workshop-cum-garage.

Some other ways of expressing that could be:

  • A combined workshop and garage
  • A combined workshop/garage (you would pronounce this "a workshop slash garage")
  • A combination workshop/garage
  • A workshop/garage
  • A workshop that doubles as a garage


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