Pronounced: CHAW-bay-kuhn, noun

Notes: I can see the two words that make up the word, but that didn’t help with the meaning

Yesterday’s word

The word hooverize means “to be sparing in the use of something, especially food”

First usage

(see the Background) This word came into usage during World War I

Background / Comments

The word was named for Herbert Hoover – before he was President, he was the head of the US Food Administration during World War I. He encouraged citizens to eat less and thus save food for soldiers. The verb hoover (to vacuum or, metaphorically, to devour or consume) is named after the Hoover brand of vacuum cleaner – the brand name came from William Hoover, and American industrialist.

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