Keeping your nose clean

Subject: Keeping your nose clean
From: Mark Levinson <mark -at- SD -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 1994 16:24:35 IST

I can't write, "He wiped his nose with a Kleenex,"

** Maybe you can't if the manufacturer is a big client of yours and you
want to remain on friendly terms. But a lawyer can't bring a
reasonable suit against you for a sentence like that, assuming you mean
a Kleenex tissue. The grey area begins when you start to cheapen the word
by implying that any facial tissue, regardless of manufacturer, can be
considered a kleenex. A sharp-eyed lawyer might ask you
to cease and desist or even to apologize for any implication like that.
But you're not in serious trouble unless you apply the word "Kleenex"
or "kleenex" to the wrong stuff malevolently or for profit.

Or happen upon a particularly grumpy judge in a particularly
grumpy mood...

Mark L. (_not_ for Lawyer) Levinson
mark -at- sd -dot- co -dot- il

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