Every word that we use in our life has a story behind its origination. While most words are taken from other languages and translated in a better way, there are words which come into existence due to the popularity of a product or brand. We have collected 10 such words which are actually names of brands.
8. Jet Ski
Jet Ski is a brand name owned by Japanese firm Kawasaki, which trademarked the proper noun back in 1972. The correct generic term for the recreational vehicle is a personal water craft (or PWC).
Whenever there is a small injury, it is common if you hear about applying Band-Aid on it. Well, it is a brand name which was started by Johnson & Johnson. In many parts of the world, it is called as plaster or hansaplast as it provides dressing on injuries.
The item which we recognize as Sellotape is actually a brand name of a clear sticky tape. Sellotape is very popular all over the world and other brands are confused with this name.
Xerox is a generic term we use for photocopying a paper but according to definition of the Xerox machine maker, “you cannot xerox a document, but you can copy it on a Xerox brand copying machine”.
This one is for the computer using generation which likes to play with graphics using software's. Photoshop has become a part of internet life and people use it as a generic term in place of air brushing and image editing or photo manipulation.
3. Flip Phone
Flip Phone is the name of a handset series launched by Motorola and the trademark rights of this have now expired. The right word for such phones is clamshell.
Vacuum flask word has been replaced by the brand Thermos. Thermos was launched in 1923 and since then most people have forgotten that it was a trademark registered brand for which the company had to fight and lost out in 1962 after the US court took the decision in the favour of the public as the term became generic.
Scooty is an Indian brand of Scooters manufactured by TVS Motors. Designed for women, Scooty became largest selling Scooter brand in its segment so that It has come to represent a generic name for any women's two-wheeler in India.
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