Come vs. Cum
To me, cum (pronounced ‘kūm) is a Latin conjunction meaning “with” or “and.” For instance, magna cum laude means “with high praise” and office cum library is another way of saying “office/library.”
Cum used as another word for orgasm or semen was something I only saw in poorly written free fiction. In my opinion, come is the correct spelling for both verb and noun. However, this topic was brought up in an on-line author group and apparently cum as both verb and noun is acceptable for some publishing houses.
Color me scandalized!
I had published authors telling me they used cum and cumming in their writings ALL THE TIME! And their editors accepted it!
Now, I can go on and on about why I believe this is wrong, but I have insufficient time to rant properly.
So, here’s the question I posed to these authors: What’s the past tense of cum?
Their answer: came.
Not cumed or cummed but came.
So, uh, shouldn’t the present tense be come?