Re: Grammar and usage

Subject: Re: Grammar and usage
From: Laurie Rubin <lmr -at- SYL -dot- NJ -dot- NEC -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 1994 09:22:17 -0500

When I first met my husband back in 1978, he just finished a year with
Xerox Corp. He corrected me when I used phrases similar to "I'm going to
xerox the paper" or "use the xerox machine" (especially when the copier was
not made
by that manufacturer). At that time, he said it was incorrect to use the
name as a general term, and that the company was using all types of measures
to prevent the usage (I guess that included brainwashing their employees,

To tell you the truth, I, too, would think that a company name that became a
general term MIGHT mean free advertising, unless surveys show that there is no
correlation between household names and increased sales!

> I'm glad you brought this up as I was unaware of this until now. It would
> seem to me that if a term has become so common as to be a household word
> (Kleenex being a case in point) that the publicity would offset legal
> restrictions in the eyes of the producer. IMHO, this takes things to the
> point of the ridiculous!

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