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I was chuckling the other day at a kiddo who was pretending to "Hoover" the sidewalk (don't ask me why). Now, I've never Hoovered anything in my life, I only vacuum. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> When I walked into the stationery store and asked for "scotch tape", I had to give a description, to which I heard "oh, of course, Sello Tape" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I do however refer to all tissues as Kleenex, write on Post-its, and correct my mistakes with WiteOut.<br><br><br><br>
As a kid, I drank KoolAid, put BandAids on my battle wounds, and played with Legos and Frisbees, even though we had the cheap knock-off brands of all these things. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
So, are there other brand names turned improper nouns amongst our vocabulary?
 

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for a start, in the UK your mistakes will have to be corrected with Tipp-Ex and you will have to be fixed up with Elastoplasts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
um...I don't know what others. Well, I eat Frosties even though they're actually Morrisons own brand frosted flakes. And I drink coke even when it's pepsi. I don't know if you really wanted food items though...
 

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The one I'm probably most guilty of using is the word <i>Photoshop</i>. Although I do actually own Photoshop and use it as my graphics software of choice, I do often find myself telling others they can "Photoshop this or that" when in actuality I mean they can use any kind of graphic-editing software to modify/enhance their photos.
 

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Yes, in Louisiana you would say "what kind of coke do you want?" and someoneone might say sprite or orange. Coke being the generic term for fizzy drink.<br><br><br><br>
When we first moved to the UK a 16 year old student in my Child development class asked me for Tipp-Ex and I thought she said TAMPAX<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
I was sooo embarrassed. I always called it Liquid Paper because Mike Nesmith (of the Monkees<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/guitarist.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":guitar:">) his mum invented it and I loved the Monkees so I always called it that even when we bought the other brand.
 

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When we first moved to the UK a 16 year old student in my Child development class asked me for Tipp-Ex and I thought she said TAMPAX<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"></div>
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I bet SHE was more embarassed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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I google things all the time, and it has nothing to do with lechery. I might be using a different search engine, even.<br><br><br><br>
Many nouns get changed to verbs in English. Most are so ingrained we don't even think about them. I remember once asking if there is a verb for "to fiesta" in Spanish, and the instructor said no. "Let's fiesta" is a bad Spanglish phrase, she said.
 

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Oh yes, the mods talk about "infracting" people. AmySF just recently coined "infractionize."<br><br><br><br>
Funny, we never called it TOSsing members for breaking the TOS, back when that term was in use.
 

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I like the sound of infractionize! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
At work, I'm always talking about xeroxing stuff, even though we use other copier brands. It's just part of the language now.
 

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It's especially awkward to use these brand names in verbal language but then have to use the generic terms in news stories. You can't say someone was LifeFlighted to the hospitalthey were transported via helecopter. It's not a Dumpster. It's a trash bin or receptical or container.<br><br><br><br>
I'm just so glad I'm not a copy editor, or I'd have to memorize more AP stype than I know now.
 

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Is Dumpster a brand name? That's what we call Dumpsters round these parts.<br><br>
There are garbage cans (like in the alley) and there are dumpsters as well
 

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This is actually one of my mini peeves. People ask for kleenexes and I tell them I don't have any but they can help themselves to my facial tissue.<br><br><br><br>
Also I say papertowel but everyone says Bounty (even though we use brawny at work most of the time)
 

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Many nouns get changed to verbs in English....</div>
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Oh yes, the mods talk about "infracting" people. AmySF just recently coined "infractionize."<br><br><br><br>
Funny, we never called it TOSsing members for breaking the TOS, back when that term was in use.</div>
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psst...none of that off-topic stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:">
 

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<span style="color:#008000;">Yep, we do the "want a coke?" thing here for all soft drinks.<br><br><br><br>
Any photocopy run on any make of photocopier is a "Xerox" and you can use it like a noun "John is xeroxing the forms now."<br><br><br><br></span>
 

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I google things all the time, and it has nothing to do with lechery. I might be using a different search engine, even.</div>
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I think you're thinking of "ogle." The name "google" is derived from the word "googol" which is some huge number (I forget how many zeros).<br><br><br><br>
Gosh I feel like the language police with you today!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veganpolice.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":notvegan:">
 

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-whiteout<br><br><br><br>
-bandaids(so much so that when you lised this, at first I was like 'humm..whats wrong with that??')<br><br><br><br>
I can't think of any more..
 

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I think you're thinking of "ogle." The name "google" is derived from the word "googol" which is some huge number (I forget how many zeros).<br><br><br><br>
Gosh I feel like the language police with you today!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veganpolice.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":notvegan:"></div>
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I know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> There's a Zits strip about Jeremy "googling" a teacher, and his dad thinking his son made a pass at an older woman. That's where my statement originated.
 

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Interesting thread. As I go over some of these, I realize that I normally don't use the brand names and much as I thought I did. I always say tissue instead of Kleenex and I never say Google it because I don't use google, I use Yahoo for my searches. I definatley use the BandAid and WhiteOut one though. I always called Scotch tape just tape though.<br><br><br><br>
Another one I thought of is Chap Stick. People use Chap Stick alot no matter what lip balm they are using.
 

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I definitely <b>google</b> things. It comes out of my mouth so easily I don't even notice what I've said unless someone points it out. Same with Chap Stick.<br><br><br><br>
The only reason I don't call tissues Kleenexes anymore is because in school teachers just set out rolls of toilet paper to use instead of actual boxes, so the term 'kleenex' doesn't really apply as well.<br><br><br><br>
Every once in awhile I catch myself calling diapers Pampers. Guilty of calling it White-Out.<br><br><br><br>
Though I don't say it, I notice a lot of people call any headache-relieving pill 'Tylenol'.<br><br><br><br>
I realize that this question is a little pathetic, but.. what is the actual term for Post-Its? That's all I've ever heard them called.
 

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I often say I'm going to "Windex the windows."<br><br><br><br>
(And I sometimes call Post-Its "sticky notes"; not sure if that's the official term or not, though).
 
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