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Swamp Out #146820
08/23/05 09:14 AM
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I have a question regarding the origin, use, and meaning of the term "swamp out" as it relates to cleaning, e.g., "I have to swamp out the condo for visitors". I think I 'know' what it means, but can't find a really suitable reference.


Re: Swamp Out #146821
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welcome, MadDog!

I'm not sure that ever heard the usage, but it might be some sort of formation from sweep and mop?



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Re: Swamp Out #146822
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That's a new one on me. I googled "swamp out" and found that the term is being used to describe the displacement of one thing by another, such as one type of plant that swamps out another. The verb to swamp, of course, means submerge, and this appears to be a variation on that idea.

But I wonder if this use you describe is a variation on "swab out".

TEd



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Re: Swamp Out #146823
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My thinking too, TEd. "Swamp out" doesn't make much sense to me - of course, idiom often doesn't, on the face of it.


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ah, the mighty eggcorn...



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Re: Swamp Out #146825
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I am more familiar with the expression "Mucking Out The Byre" from the song of the same name. Might these two terms be in any way related?


Re: mucking #146826
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and then there's mucking in poker: tossing in a bad hand without showing it (and, sometimes, lying about it; e.g., "I mucked a pair of aces!"


muck ado about nothing #146827
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I've only come across mucking in the context of "mucking out the stables." That sounds pretty much self-explanatory and provides a unifying theme for the above usages...


Re: muck ado about nothing #146828
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>>mucking

Really not such a bad job -- if you like the horse.


Re: muck ado about nothing #146829
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Mucking mallecho? Miching? Whom?



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