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trumi's avatar

What are some product names that have snuck (sneaked?) into our vocabulary?

Asked by trumi (6486points) July 30th, 2008

I’ll start the list off with Mace, a brand of tear gas that is commonly used as a verb and noun.

As in “Poofandmook was following me around, so I Maced him in the face!”

:D

Got any others? (Limit one per answer? It’s more fun if you let others in. Just a suggestion.)

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marinelife's avatar

Kleenex, Xerox

dellegazze's avatar

Since you said mace, i’m gonna say “to taze” from taser.

SuperMouse's avatar

Scotch tape, Band Aid, Bacardi (that one’s for you Gimmedat).

poofandmook's avatar

I’m a GIRL!!! :(

trumi's avatar

Oh shit!! My bad!! Let it be known that Poofandmook is a girl.

I sorry

poofandmook's avatar

lmfao!

Pop Tarts

poofandmook's avatar

@trumi: I assumed by your name that you’re a guy. Am I wrong?

trumi's avatar

I’m actually Jesus, so I’m kind of half and half…

Skyrail's avatar

Hoover and slowly getting there, iPod. I find alot of people use the term ‘iPod’ in order to describe any portable media player (mp3 style, not CD/Tape/Whatever)

trumi's avatar

@skyrail: Totally, everything says ‘iPod/Mp3 Player Accessible’. I would say Swiffer is on a similar path. Also used as a verb, like Mace.

poofandmook's avatar

@trumi: ...

poofandmook's avatar

Crisco for shortening, Pam for non-stick spray

nikipedia's avatar

“Can you Google something for me?”

trumi's avatar

@niki; what?

Skyrail's avatar

I see where niki is coming from, Google has become a household word, if you want something, Google it, even with the plethora of other search engines provided my Microsoft, Yahoo, Ask, Altavista etc. people just tell you to Google it. I guess it’s also used in placement of check the internet, instead of that…just Google it.

AstroChuck's avatar

Walkman. But that’s kind of dated now.

richardhenry's avatar

Sellotape and Post-its are two examples.

trumi's avatar

Oh, sorry. I didn’t get what Niki was saying.

Google, yes, good one.

How about Coke? esp. in the southern states.

Indy318's avatar

Coke (to describe a soda), Chapstick, Sharpie, Speedo (which I have no personal experience with), TiVo (relatively new), and Frisbee (any type of flying saucer), just to name a few.

Skyrail's avatar

Yeh, Coke is a good one, and sellotape and post-its, I just don’t think about it when I say them, I bet very few people do, well until you sit here and think about it.

trumi's avatar

Chapstick is a good one, and I always forget Speedo!

poofandmook's avatar

Purell for hand sanitizer sometimes.

Vaseline.

jlm11f's avatar

Bounty (paper towel brand)

marinelife's avatar

@PnL I still call them paper towels (not Bountys).

jlm11f's avatar

@Marina – i think its a regional thing. My cousins in Texas don’t get it at all.

waterskier2007's avatar

@skyrail, i loved that show by craig ferguson. ive seen it so many times

SuperMouse's avatar

Jello, Drumstick

AstroChuck's avatar

Fridge. This started out as a nickname for Fridgidaire and not for refrigerator. My mom hates it when I refer to her refridgerator as a fridge since it’s a Kenmore.

trumi's avatar

@Astrochuck, nice ones! I didn’t know either of them.

mcbealer's avatar

Krytonite for u-shaped locks
Advil for all brands of ibuprofen
Tylenol for all brands acetaminophen

AstroChuck's avatar

Actually I call all ibuprofen Motrin.

jlm11f's avatar

Ziplock.

mcbealer's avatar

@ AC ~ well there you go… a double :0)

Indy318's avatar

Velcro, Styrofoam, Pogo Stick, Escalator, Hula-Hoop, Ping Pong…..theres a whole bunch of them on Wikipedia, just type in genericized trademarks.

breedmitch's avatar

I Tivo everything even though I have cable DVR.

caeliste's avatar

Photoshop when referring to photo editing in general. As in, “that picture of Lindsay Lohan in the Enquirer is totally photoshopped.”

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