A: Do you want to hoover or mop?
B: You get ready with the vacuum cleaner, I’m going to dust the shelves, window sills and all the surfaces first. When you’ve vacuumed, I’ll mop the floor.
A: Grand. Fill the bucket with warm water. I think grandmama keeps the floor cleaning liquid in the cupboard under the stairs. Give it a quick mop and we’re done.
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B: We’re just about finished, but what are you going to do now? Your grandmother obviously cannot cope living here by herself. She’s allowed her apartment get in a real state.
A: I’ll talk to the rest of the family. We’ll have to think about paying for a cleaner to come around every week.
B: Good, because I’m not helping you next time. It was exhausting.
(Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱譯)
“Hoover,” as both noun and verb, is an example of an object or idea for which the name of the company or brand most associated with it is used. Another example would be “to google,” referring to conducting an Internet search.
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