Thursday, May 5, 2011

The term Googling and using brand names to describe products and actions

One thing I find interesting is when brand names of products are adopted as the actual name of a product. For example when people say they need a kleenex. Kleenex is a brand of facial tissue. So they should actually say they need a tissue.

Sometime it bothers me for example when people say they rollerblade. Rollerblade is a brand of inline skates. You skate, you don't rollerblade.

Here are a couple of awesome links with examples of this phenomenon of products being called by a brand name rather than their actual name.

32 Things You’ve Been Calling The Wrong Name

List of generic and genericized trademarks

Oh yeah, and about "Googling" I hate when people say "Google It". I'll "search for it" thank you. There are other search engines out there you know. Ok, so I will use Google, but I'm still searching for it.

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