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    karmic Hoover

    Hi

    Does anyone know what karmic Hoover is in the following context?

    "My mother thought it would be a good idea for me to talk to a shrink about feelings I might be having, given the fact that my autistic brother sucked up all the time and energy in our household like some giant karmic Hoover."

    Thank you very much for your kind help.

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    Re: karmic Hoover

    Quote Originally Posted by IQU3838 View Post
    Hi

    Does anyone know what karmic Hoover is in the following context?

    "My mother thought it would be a good idea for me to talk to a shrink about feelings I might be having, given the fact that my autistic brother sucked up all the time and energy in our household like some giant karmic Hoover."

    Thank you very much for your kind help.

    ******************** NOT A TEACHER ********************


    IQU,


    As I start typing, no one else has yet replied, so may I start?

    (1) I believe that the key to understanding that sentence is

    defining three words:

    (a) karma. This is something like fate or destiny. Some people think that

    when we die, we get another life. If we were good in this life, then

    maybe our next life will be better. But if we were bad, then maybe

    our next life will be worse. Hopefully, someone who really understands

    karma will answer you.

    (b) Hoover. This is the name of a famous American vaccuum cleaner.

    (3) autism. I have to be super careful with this word because I

    know nothing (no thing!!!) about it. My dictionary tells me it is a

    condition in which a person has problems dealing with other people and

    with language. I have read that autism is affecting more and more

    children in the United States. Maybe someone who does understand

    it will educate us.

    *****

    This is my interpretation of that sentence. If I am wrong, I apologize.

    Hopefully, someone else will give you a better answer.

    My mother suggests that I speak with a psychiatrist about

    my feelings. I have these feelings because my brother

    (who has autism) is like a Hoover vacuum cleaner. Just as

    a vacuum cleaner sucks up dirt on a carpet, my brother

    sucks up all the time and energy in our family. (He takes

    up so much time and energy from us.) Is this a case of

    karma? That is: Is my brother being "punished" for being

    bad in a previous life here on earth, or are my family

    members (including me) being "punished" for being

    bad in a previous life?


    THANK YOU

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    Re: karmic Hoover

    As a very minor footnote to TP's comprehensive analysis, I would add that "karmic" here has a scarcely definable humorous role.

    A giant hoover is not in itself an interesting or illuminating simile. By adding, first, "some" (with its airy imprecision), and then "karmic" (with its incongruous application of a complex religious concept to a humdrum domestic appliance), the writer creates an arresting and humorous hyperbole.

    (To some extent, with phrases like this, the humour lies not in any genuine underlying meaning, but in the mock-implication that such a phrase could have any real meaning.)

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: karmic Hoover

    TheParser wrote: [This is my interpretation of that sentence. If I am wrong, I apologize.
    Hopefully, someone else will give you a better answer. ]



    Hi, TheParser,

    Thank you so much, you explained it very well, I can totally get what you mean. You are really helpful.


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