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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 08:35 AM
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proprietary eponyms: Xerox, Kleen-ex, band-aid
proprietary eponyms are brand names for products that are so popular that they become commonly used for the product even if it's made by a different manufacturer. some examples:

xerox machine
band-aid
kleen-ex
scotch tape
white-out

OK, help me come up with more. post the ones you remember.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 08:38 AM
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1. Let me 'google' that for you
;)
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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 08:40 AM
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5. good one!
nt
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 08:39 AM
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2. Q-Tip
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TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 08:39 AM
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3. Liquid Paper
FedEx
Crescent Wrench
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 10:58 AM
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37. or Wite Out nt
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El Fuego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 11:59 AM
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43. Trivia: Liquid Paper was invented by Monkee Mike Nesmith's mother.
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Jokerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 08:40 AM
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4. "Dumpster" n/t
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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 08:59 AM
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6. i guess "crapper" would qualify as one also
Edited on Thu May-25-06 08:59 AM by Gato Moteado
nt
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Squeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 09:05 AM
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7. Coke
I remember an occasion when the Coca-Cola company sent a nasty trademark-defense letter to Creem Magazine about their use of the word "coke" with a lower case C. Any pinhead would have recognized from context that that usage was referring to the controlled substance, not the beverage, and I don't see where it would have benefited the Coca-Cola company to open that can of worms at that time.

(Yeah, I know that when it was originally formulated, the drink was an allegedly medicinal tonic that included the drug as an ingredient. But it hasn't been that way for a couple generations. Anybody that tells you anything interesting about the psychopharmaceutical properties of Coke and aspirin is either delusional, or older than me.)
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RedStateShame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 09:05 AM
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9. GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!!
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RedStateShame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 09:05 AM
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8. I believe Percolator was a brand name
And of course, there's always Coke. No, no, the liquid one!!!
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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 06:40 PM
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10. saran wrap probably qualifies as one too.....
i never hear anyone call that stuff by any other brand name.
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RandiFan1290 Donating Member (721 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 06:44 PM
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11. Jello!
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 06:48 PM
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12. dumpster
The term was coined by the Dempsey Dumpster company.
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 06:49 PM
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13. asprin
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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 06:53 PM
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14. aspirin was a brand?
i never knew that. every manufacturer of aspirin calls it aspirin (i.e. bayer aspirin)
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 06:55 PM
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15. As I recall from my days of reading "Writers' Digest"
Edited on Thu May-25-06 06:59 PM by Book Lover
Companies would take out ads threatening writers not to use brands in a generic manner; asprin was used as an example.

on edit: from aspirin.com: Since its market introduction under the trademark Aspirin in the year 1899, acetylsalicylic acid has attained a leading position world-wide in the prescription-free therapy of painful, inflammatory and feverish states. The substance's tolerability and special pharmacological traits allow for an easy controlling of therapy.
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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 07:17 PM
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19. whodathunk......but it's probably not a proprietary eponym anymore...
since there is no longer a brand name aspirin as far as i know.

the thing about proprietary eponyms is that the original maker of the product really benefits from name recognition. if someone needs a copy machine (xerox machine) for the office, chances are that they will look in the phone book for xerox dealers even though canon, casio, and probably a host of other companies make them.

when someone needs aspirin, they get to choose between bayer and probably a hundred generic brands on the walgreen's shelf. but i don't think i've ever seen the brand of aspirin called "aspirin".

but still....it's interesting stuff!
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 07:22 PM
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22. It is still one of the best drugs ever discovered.
I think the power of this pharmacological agent is widely under appreciated.

It actually may be one of the most important drugs ever discovered. It is probably not used as often as it should be since no one can make money marketing it anymore. But it an outstanding drug: Pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, anti-coagulant, and anti-cancer. Great, great stuff.
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RandiFan1290 Donating Member (721 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 06:55 PM
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16. Tums
:shrug:
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 07:12 PM
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17. Walkman
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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 07:18 PM
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20. and ipod for that matter
i never hear of anyone refer to them as an LG MP3 player
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 07:14 PM
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18. Kool-Aid. It's a Republican drink.
You can't be a Republican unless you drink the Kool-Aid.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 07:18 PM
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21. Vaseline
:evilgrin:
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RandiFan1290 Donating Member (721 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 07:24 PM
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23. ChapStick
Vicks
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jarab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 07:40 PM
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24. Frigidair(y) ... (for any refrigerator); yeah I'm old. eom
...O...
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smtpgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 04:08 PM
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59. Chicklets
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mwooldri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 07:42 PM
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25. A funny one: Durex.
In the UK and the US it is a brand of condom.

In Australia it's the equivalent of Scotch Tape.

(btw in the UK Scotch Tape is the equivalent of Sellotape... Scotch is better known for
videocassette tape than sticky tape).

In the UK white-out is more commonly known by Tipp-Ex.
Vacuum cleaners are better known as Hoovers.
My grand-mother-in-law still called the refridgerator the Kelvinator.

Hand dishwashing liquid in the UK is still often called Fairy Liquid, even if you're not buying the Fairy Liquid brand.

Coke is often used for any kind of cola flavoured drink, including Pepsi.

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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 07:54 PM
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26. durex condoms are the equivalent of scotch tape?
they must not work very well. and getting them off must hurt like hell.

;)
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-26-06 10:20 PM
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34. Better known as Trojans in the States
For most of my life, I've heard condoms being called Trojans.
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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-26-06 08:37 AM
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27. velcro is another one
velcro is the name of the company that first started making velcro.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-26-06 09:16 AM
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28. Tylenol
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-26-06 07:59 PM
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29. Phillips Screwdriver
The cross-tip screwdriver was invented by the Phillips Screw Company to turn its brand of screws.

It's still in business. http://www.phillips-screw.com

And not one of the screws the Phillips Screw Company currently makes can be turned with a generic Phillips screwdriver.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 02:32 PM
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49. Allen Wrench
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 02:41 PM
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55. That's your Village People persona, innit?
:)
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 02:43 PM
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56. Oh My Word! -- ROFL!!
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YankeyMCC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-26-06 08:08 PM
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30. Crapper
Not sure if that counts or not. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Crapper
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-26-06 08:30 PM
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31. Cellophane.
Redstone
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elvisbear Donating Member (545 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-26-06 09:20 PM
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32. Tupperware.
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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-29-06 10:54 PM
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35. good one.
forgot about that.
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-26-06 10:17 PM
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33. Jacuzzi
Edited on Fri May-26-06 10:18 PM by StopThePendulum
Now any spa or bathtub that comes with high pressure water circulation is known as a Jacuzzi.
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Ivan Sputnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 12:11 AM
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36. Laundromat
It's a "service mark" according to the dictionary.
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 10:59 AM
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38. Gatorade.
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NewWaveChick1981 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 11:02 AM
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39. Tampax
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smtpgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 04:08 PM
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58. was going for Kotex
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slide to the left Donating Member (602 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 11:38 AM
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40. Q-tip
Edited on Tue May-30-06 11:39 AM by slide to the left
coke- in the deep south and Texas
polo
Port-o-potty
Laundamat (actually a proper noun)
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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 02:29 PM
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45. yeah, coke is synonymous with any cola just about anywhere
but, yeah, in the south it's synonymous for anything drinkable
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slide to the left Donating Member (602 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 03:54 PM
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57. zip lock
I always forget that one.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 11:45 AM
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41. Hoover, in england.
they don't vaccuum the carpets, they "hoover" them.
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El Fuego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 11:57 AM
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42. Post-It note
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 01:11 PM
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44. Zipper
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 02:30 PM
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46. Pampers
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 02:31 PM
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47. Aspirin
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 02:31 PM
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48. Linoleum, Formica
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 02:32 PM
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50. Reynolds Wrap n/t
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 02:34 PM
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51. Rolodex
Edited on Tue May-30-06 02:36 PM by dotcosm
I can't even think of another name for it

edit to spell it correctly
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 02:36 PM
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52. Daytimer
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 02:37 PM
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53. Visine
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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 02:40 PM
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54. frigidaire, but only in the south, among older people
.
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