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Words that have been "Genericized"

  1. west40 profile image60
    west40posted 7 years ago

    Kleenex for Tissue.

  2. kirstenblog profile image79
    kirstenblogposted 7 years ago

    Hoover for vacuum.

  3. west40 profile image60
    west40posted 7 years ago

    Make a Xerox, for make a copy.

  4. kirstenblog profile image79
    kirstenblogposted 7 years ago

    Ok whats a non brand name for chapstick?

    1. west40 profile image60
      west40posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      GREAT ONE - I have no idea -  maybe lip balm?

      1. kirstenblog profile image79
        kirstenblogposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        thats it, lip balm! Funny how ingrained branding can become tho smile

  5. Marisa Wright profile image93
    Marisa Wrightposted 7 years ago

    These will vary from country to country.

    When I first arrived in Australia, I worked in the state of Victoria.  I was working in the packing room with my (male) boss, and froze in horror when he asked me if I had any Durex.

    Luckily it turned out that Durex is the "genericized" name for sticky tape in that region. In the UK, where I came from, it's the genericized name for a condom!

    Ever since, I've had this vision of an Englishman walking into a shop in Australia and asking for Durex - and being handed sticky tape.  He'd walk out of the store thinking Aussie men must be made of tough stuff...

    1. kirstenblog profile image79
      kirstenblogposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Thats brilliant! lol

      Imagining pulling off the sticky tape at the end of coitus yikes lol

    2. west40 profile image60
      west40posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Ouch.

  6. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago

    Aspirin.

  7. Lily Rose profile image83
    Lily Roseposted 7 years ago

    I don't know if others do this, but my husband refers to jeans as Levi's, even when they are not Levi's - drives me nuts!

    Is he the only one?

 
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