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Origin of the Jacuzzi PDF
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 00:00

Have you ever thought about the origin of the word Jacuzzi, that rather luxurious bubbly bath you get in conference hotels and the homes of millionaires?  (Actually, quite a lot of people I know, including me, have also got one – our little bourgeois secret!)


Did you think Jacuzzi was the Italian for bubble bath or the Greek for hydro-massage?   Wrong. In actual fact, it’s the surname of the brothers who invented it back in 1956.

The seven Jacuzzi brothers, Italian immigrants to the USA, set up a company in 1917 producing aeroplanes, and, later, agricultural and marine water pumps.  Then in 1956, one of the brothers, Candido, adapted a pump and incorporated it into a bathtub to create a hydro-massage effect which eased the pain being suffered by his young son, Kenneth, a victim of rheumatoid arthritis.

Despite beginning to market these pumps successfully as “add-ons”, it was not until 1968 that Roy Jacuzzi spotted the real commercial potential of his relative’s invention, and a version incorporating the jets into the structure of the bathtub was launched onto the market.

The Jacuzzi surname became the name of the product, just as Hoover became the common name for the vacuum cleaner, and the rest is history. 

Proof once again that necessity is the mother of invention.

In 2006 the Jacuzzi company was bought for $990 million.

© Paul Whitelock 





Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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