This Latin preposition meaning ‘with’, apart from its use in Latin loan-phrases such as cum grano salis (‘with a grain of salt’), has been used for several centuries in place-names such as Horton-cum-Studley. Its principal use since the 19c has been as a combining word used to indicate a dual nature or function, as in kitchen-cum-dining-room (usually with hyphens). The productive nature of this use can be seen in numerous examples, e.g.:

• ‘Do you work there?’‘Yes, as a sort of administrator cum priest.’ —J. Higgins, 1985

• Young designers get a pick-me-up from Vienna's coffee house cum design store —Metropolis Magazine, 2003.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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