Broom: (n) a long-handled brush of bristles or twigs used for sweeping.
I know what a broom is.
I could even identify one at a distance.
If sent into a large room to find it, I would be successful in no time at all.
Yet I really don’t know anything about a broom.
I’ve had one thrust in my direction with belligerent orders to “help clean up.” But I’ve always been a little bit of a loss as to what the correct process is in “brooming.”
I’ve seen people take short, brusque strokes–like they were angry at the floor or infuriated with the dirt.
Then I’ve seen people take long, easy passing with the broom, sweeping up the dirt gently in front of them.
There are brooms that work sideways.
There are brooms that work up and down.
(I guess that’s it.)
But I am a little embarrassed to admit that my “broomsmanship” has been lacking, partially because I’m lazy, but mostly because when I tried to use one, a nearby competitor (normally a female) would snatch it from my hands because I was failing to be reverent.
She’d demonstrate and then hand it back to me, and rapscallion that I am, I would realize that if I could simulate an additional failure, in no time at all she would insist I was incompetent and do the job herself.
It always worked.
I’m embarrassed to share it with you.
But I must be honest–I have no great stories about “brooming”–only being able to tell you that I can identify one.