I think that several of these items in the list are actually named what they are normally called.
A lava lamp is a lava lamp, isn't it? I mean, I know it's a brand, but it's also the name of the light that heats up the stuff inside and it kind of looks like lava, right?
I use Q-Tip for cotton swaps on a stick, Kleenex for facial tissue, and Saran Wrap for plastic wrap.
And I don't think I've ever heard of a Yo-Yo called anything else, or a Hula Hoop. Isn't an escalator an escalator? The flat ones I've heard are called moving sidewalks. And what about SPAM? For one thing, I've only heard people say SPAM when referring to the canned pork stuff (or junk e-mail, which shouldn't be capitalized--this differentiates it from the branded meat product). I never really thought about it, but I suppose other brands make SPAM-like products. I can't recall seeing them on the shelf at the grocery store, though.
I thought Kitty Litter was the generic term. Brands would be Tidy Cat or. . . something else (I haven't bought kitty litter for about ten years).
I don't think I've ever seen another brand of Zamboni than Zamboni. Of course, I haven't been to many ice rinks in my life.
Also, duct tape is duct tape. People just don't pronounce the T so they think it is Duck Tape. Of course, as was mentioned, there is now a brand called Duck Tape, and I also agree that it was branded such because of the mispronunciation.
Oreos mean Oreos to me. Any other chocolate/white cream sandwich cookie just isn't an Oreo.
I think most people call pain relievers whatever brand they usually use. "Have you got a Tylenol?" Most of the time I just use the chemical/drug name, Acetominophen. Did you know that some Tylenol actually has aspirin in it? If aspirin can kill you, it's important that you get acetominophen instead of just asking for Tylenol. But hopefully you already knew that if aspirin can kill you.
Novocaine is a specific drug and I've never heard it a general anesthetic called Novocaine.
Also, what is the correct name for a phillips screwdriver? It's certainly a lot easier to ask for a phillips than a screwdriver with a pointy cross shaped head.shortened list
How many times do you tell someone to "Google it"?
- Q-tips = cotton tipped swabs.
- Kitty Litter = cat box filler
- Band-Aid = plastic adhesive bandage
- Velcro = hook & loop tape
- Duck Tape = duct tape
- Oreos = chocolate sandwich cookies with white cream
- Saran Wrap = plastic wrap
- Escalator = moving staircase
- Allen wrench = hexagonal screwdriver
- Hula Hoop - toy ring
- Yo-Yo = toy
- Lava lamp = decorative light
- Novocaine = local anesthetic
- Tylenol = pain reliever
- Advil = pain reliever
- Jaws of Life = a rescue tool
- Jell-O = gelatin dessert
- Kleenex = packaged folded facial tissue paper
- Phillips Screwdriver = screwdriver with a cross-pointed drive hole
- Pop Tart = breakfast toaster pastry
- Rollerblade = inline skates
- Swiss Army Knife = a clasp-knife with multi-functional blades
- Thermos = vacuum flask
- Zamboni = ice resurfacing machine