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4th Dec '17 10:13:58 PM rwe1138
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* Part of a running ExpospeakGag in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''. Aperture Science tends to give everything they produce a convoluted title preceded by their own name, which culminates in this:
--> '''[=GLaDOS=]''': Did you just stuff that Aperture Science [[BuffySpeak Thing We Don't Know What It Does]] into an Aperture Science Emergency Intelligence Incinerator?
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[[folder: VideoGames]]
* Part of a running ExpospeakGag in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''. Aperture Science tends to give everything they produce a convoluted title preceded by their own name, which culminates in this:
--> '''[=GLaDOS=]''': Did you just stuff that Aperture Science [[BuffySpeak Thing We Don't Know What It Does]] into an Aperture Science Emergency Intelligence Incinerator?
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15th Oct '17 11:12:24 PM wuggles
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* There is a habit, especially in urban communities, of calling all diapers "Pampers".

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* There is a habit, especially in urban communities, habit of calling all diapers "Pampers"."Pampers". This is especially prevalent in Puerto Rico, parts of the United States, the Caribbean, Poland, the Netherlands, Post-Soviet states, as well as parts of Southeast Asia.
17th Aug '17 9:50:52 AM RedScharlach
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* Used to show the dystopian society of Future Korea in CloudAtlas, where most items are reffered to by the strongest brand name associated with them: nikes for shoes, disneys for movies, etc.

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* Used to show the dystopian society of Future Korea in CloudAtlas, where most items are reffered referred to by the strongest biggest brand name associated with them: nikes for shoes, disneys for movies, etc.



* Americans (and Britons) use the term ''Speedo'' for the style of men's undergarments/swimming clothes that basically cover the genitals, buttocks and little else. ''Speedo'' is the name of the Australian company that ''makes'' such items of swimwear. Australians call the ''items'' "bathers", "undies" or "[[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch Budgie smugglers]]". "Budgie Smuggler" is the dirtier one, and slightly offensive to some people. [[DontExplainTheJoke It comes from the fact that, wearing one, it looks like you're smuggling a small bird in your underwear.]]

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* Americans (and Britons) use the term ''Speedo'' for the style of men's undergarments/swimming clothes that basically cover the genitals, buttocks and little else. ''Speedo'' is the name of the Australian company that ''makes'' such items of swimwear. Australians call the ''items'' "bathers", "undies" or "[[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch Budgie budgie smugglers]]". "Budgie Smuggler" smugglers" is the dirtier one, term, and slightly offensive to some people. [[DontExplainTheJoke It comes from the fact that, wearing one, it looks like you're smuggling a small bird in your underwear.]]



** New Scientist magazine, as it's in print, had to get around this, so every time they refer to Google they say "a famous web search engine" or "FWSE" for short.

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** New Scientist ''New Scientist'' magazine, as it's in print, had to get around this, so every time they refer to Google they say "a famous web search engine" or "FWSE" for short.



* Odd inversion: Apple, Microsoft, and various other companies are all (for different reasons) actively trying to associate the term "PC" with "a desktop computer that's not made by Apple". The truth is that "PC" stands for "Personal Computer" and can thus refer to all desktop computers intended for personal use, including Macintoshes. Non-Apple computers usually run Windows, but don't have to, so it's been hard to put any particular branding on them. And the fact that Apple now manufactures computers that can boot in Windows makes things even more confusing.

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* Odd inversion: Apple, Microsoft, and various other companies are all (for different reasons) actively trying to associate the term "PC" with "a desktop computer that's not made by Apple". The truth is that "PC" stands for "Personal Computer" and can thus refer to all desktop computers intended for personal use, including Macintoshes.Macs. Non-Apple computers usually run Windows, but don't have to, so it's been hard to put any particular branding on them. And the fact that Apple now manufactures computers that can boot in Windows makes things even more confusing.



*** Many commercials say "General Mills cereal" in their commercial at least once, but refer to the products themselves as merely "Cheerios" or so.

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*** Many commercials say "General Mills cereal" in their commercial at least once, but refer to the products themselves as merely "Cheerios" or so.whatever.



** IN the UK "Diet Coke" is now the 'official' brand.
** Related: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib-Qiyklq-Q The original 1971 "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"]] commercial for Coke is arguably one of the greatest ads of all time. In 1990, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdGZabROPGw they did a remake]], featuring the original singers and their kids. Of course, the brand name in 1990 was "Coca-Cola Classic", so the singers are dutifully singing "Coca-Cola Classic" as often as possible . . .

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** IN In the UK "Diet Coke" is now the 'official' brand.
** Related: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib-Qiyklq-Q The original 1971 "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"]] commercial for Coke is arguably one of the greatest ads of all time. In 1990, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdGZabROPGw they did a remake]], featuring the original singers and their kids. Of course, the brand name in 1990 was "Coca-Cola Classic", so the singers are dutifully singing "Coca-Cola Classic" as often as possible . . .possible...



*** That's because the beverage companies can, will, and ''have'' sued over restaurants substituting the requested beverage without asking permission - the most notable case involving the Howard Johnson's chain and their one time policy of serving their in-house cola drink in lieu of Coke or Pepsi. Which is why waitstaff will be quite diligent in asking if substitutions are ok.
** In Israel, the word "coke" actually means any type of soft drink. If you order a "soda" you will receive club soda or seltzer. However, there is probably very little Coke/Pepsi confusion because of politics being the way it is: if you do business in Israel, you get boycotted in certain Arab states, and vice versa. Coke picked Israel, Pepsi picked the Arab world. (Historically, at any rate. Today, both colas are equally ubiquitous in Israel and the Arab world, although there might slight variations in popularity.)

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*** That's because the beverage companies can, will, and ''have'' sued over restaurants substituting the requested beverage without asking permission - the most notable case involving the Howard Johnson's chain and their one time one-time policy of serving their in-house cola drink in lieu of Coke or Pepsi. Which is why waitstaff will be quite diligent in asking if substitutions are ok.
** In Israel, the word "coke" actually means any type of soft drink. If you order a "soda" you will receive club soda or seltzer. However, there is probably very little Coke/Pepsi confusion because of politics being the way it is: if you do business in Israel, you get boycotted in certain Arab states, and vice versa. Coke picked Israel, Pepsi picked the Arab world. (Historically, at any rate. Today, both colas are equally ubiquitous in Israel and the Arab world, although there might be slight variations in popularity.)



*** Or, in Poland, "*pirin". There's "Polopirin", "Etopirin", "Coffepirin" (with caffeine; basically Excedrin without the Tylenol--er, acetominophen) and "Calcipirin" (with Calcium, apparently for cold).

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*** Or, in Poland, "*pirin". There's "Polopirin", "Etopirin", "Coffepirin" (with caffeine; basically Excedrin without the Tylenol--er, acetominophen) and "Calcipirin" (with Calcium, calcium, apparently for cold).colds).



* Creator/DCComics and Creator/MarvelComics famously hold a joint trademark on the terms "Super Hero" and "SUPER HEROES"[[labelnote:]]note the space and capitalization[[/labelnote]], so that in practice no other facilities are allowed to use the term to advertise (or similarly title their products) in related situations. Legally, they own bupkis except lawyers. They "bought" the word from Mego Toys. But they're both so sue-happy that no-one dares (or can afford to) challenge them.

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* Creator/DCComics and Creator/MarvelComics famously hold a joint trademark on the terms "Super Hero" and "SUPER HEROES"[[labelnote:]]note the space and capitalization[[/labelnote]], so that in practice no other facilities companies are allowed to use the term to advertise (or similarly title name) their products) products in related situations. Legally, they own bupkis except lawyers. They "bought" the word from Mego Toys. But they're both so sue-happy that no-one dares (or can afford to) challenge them.



* In Japanese, single panel comic strips were, and in some places still are, known as "''Panchi-e''" ("Punch-pictures") after the famous British humor magazine ''Magazine/{{Punch}}'', which introduced that style of comics to the nation through imports, and later a local edition for the English expat community, during the Meiji era.

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* In Japanese, single panel single-panel comic strips were, and in some places still are, known as "''Panchi-e''" ("Punch-pictures") after the famous British humor magazine ''Magazine/{{Punch}}'', which introduced that style of comics to the nation through imports, and later a local edition for the English expat community, during the Meiji era.



* LEGO would like to remind you that [[{{Lego}} "LEGO"]] must always be capitalized and works only as an adjective for their products, e.g. "LEGO bricks." An individual block is not "a Lego." The tiny LEGO people are called minifig or minifigures. They also are quite intent on 'Lego System' being used for the plural rather than 'Legos'.

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* LEGO would like to remind you that [[{{Lego}} "LEGO"]] must always be capitalized and works only as an adjective for their products, e.g. "LEGO bricks." An individual block is not "a Lego." The tiny LEGO people are called minifig or minifigures. They are also are quite intent on 'Lego System' being used for the plural rather than 'Legos'.



* People typically refer to plastic wrap/cling film as "Saran wrap," even when the person they're talking to refers to it in the proper generic.

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* People in the US typically refer to plastic wrap/cling film as "Saran wrap," even when the person they're talking to refers to it in the proper generic.



* What do you call that folding pocket knife with the different blades and tools and the tiny tweezers and the plastic toothpick that always gets lost? Swiss Army Knives? Only if it's made by Victorinox or Wenger, the two companies that actually have a contract to sell [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin folding pocket knives to the Swiss Army]]. Their [[JustForPun Swiss]] ArmyOfLawyers has been known to go after any other company selling similar knives by that name. Swiss ''style'' pocket knives are OK though.

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* What do you call that folding pocket knife with the different blades and tools and the tiny tweezers and the plastic toothpick that always gets lost? A Swiss Army Knives? knife? Only if it's made by Victorinox or Wenger, the two companies that actually have a contract to sell [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin folding pocket knives to the Swiss Army]]. Their [[JustForPun Swiss]] ArmyOfLawyers has been known to go after any other company selling similar knives by that name. Swiss ''style'' pocket knives are OK though.
16th Jul '17 12:00:08 AM Piterpicher
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* One particularly jarring example in the movie ''Film/CabinFever''; on their way to the title cabin, JamesDeBello's character says he left his "''Mott's'' apple juice" back at the general store. Much like the [[Series/SaturdayNightLive cowbell]] in Music/BlueOysterCult's "Don't Fear The Reaper", once you notice it, you can't un-notice it.

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* One particularly jarring example in the movie ''Film/CabinFever''; on their way to the title cabin, JamesDeBello's Creator/JamesDeBello's character says he left his "''Mott's'' apple juice" back at the general store. Much like the [[Series/SaturdayNightLive cowbell]] in Music/BlueOysterCult's "Don't Fear The Reaper", once you notice it, you can't un-notice it.
11th Jun '17 1:27:16 PM nombretomado
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* If you like association football (soccer in the US), please be reminded that there isn't a world championship. You have to call it the FIFA [[TheWorldCup World Cup]].

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* If you like association football (soccer in the US), please be reminded that there isn't a world championship. You have to call it the FIFA [[TheWorldCup [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]].
16th May '17 8:59:48 PM karstovich2
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* [[BigApplesauce The New York City Subway]] has trademarked some, but not all of its lettered train services and, of course, all of the circular route bullets seen on signs and merchandise. This has the effect of preventing other transit agencies from labeling their services in a similar manner so, for example, you will only ever ride an F Train Brand Train in New York City.

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* [[BigApplesauce [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkSubway The New York City Subway]] has trademarked some, but not all of its lettered train services and, of course, all of the circular route bullets seen on signs and merchandise. This has the effect of preventing other transit agencies from labeling their services in a similar manner so, for example, you will only ever ride an F Train Brand Train in New York City. (In fairness to the MTA, the system it uses is tightly linked to the unique structure of the Subway--an amalgam of 3 different networks using two different building standards and running their networks through a small set of tunnels in Manhattan.)
16th May '17 8:55:45 PM karstovich2
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** This only applies in the US, UK, and France, where Bayer lost the trademark on "Aspirin" after World War I. In the rest of the world the generic name is "acetylsalicylic acid".

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** This only applies in the US, UK, and France, where Bayer lost the trademark on "Aspirin" after World War I.I as a form of reparations. In the rest of the world the generic name is "acetylsalicylic acid".
10th Apr '17 4:55:08 PM Midna
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* {{Transformers}} brand action figures from Hasbro don't transform; they ''convert''. Seriously. There is an official edict from Hasbro [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Trademark#Genericized_trademarks regarding printed materials]]; toy packaging, advertising materials, etc. Transformers-brand action figures from Hasbro "convert" or "morph" or "change" between forms. Why, if the mere act of converting from one form to another was all it took to be a "transformer," then by gum, the term would become meaningless and applicable to any old space fantasy robot that can change between multiple configurations!
** Truer than you think. If "Transformer" becomes a word like "xerox," trying to keep the name their own could become ''legally problematic.'' The last thing they (and fans too, actually) want is [-brand x-] '''TRANSFORMER''' [-robots-] to be something anyone can make and market. It ''has'' happened before.

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* {{Transformers}} Toys/{{Transformers}} brand action figures from Hasbro don't transform; they ''convert''. Seriously.''convert''. There is an official edict from Hasbro [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Trademark#Genericized_trademarks regarding printed materials]]; toy packaging, advertising materials, etc. Transformers-brand action figures from Hasbro "convert" or "morph" or "change" between forms. Why, if the mere act of There's a good reason for this: If converting from one form to another was all it took to be a "transformer," then by gum, the term would become meaningless and applicable to any old space fantasy robot that can change between multiple configurations!
** Truer than you think. If "Transformer" becomes a word like "xerox,"
configurations, making trying to keep the Transformers name their own could become ''legally problematic.'' The last thing they Hasbro (and fans too, actually) want wants is [-brand x-] '''TRANSFORMER''' [-robots-] to be something anyone can make and market. It ''has'' happened before.
19th Mar '17 3:31:48 PM nombretomado
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** And, of course, when PaulSimon wrote and recorded the song "Kodachrome" in 1975, the record labels and album covers were careful to point out that "Kodachrome® is a registered trademark for colored film."

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** And, of course, when PaulSimon Music/PaulSimon wrote and recorded the song "Kodachrome" in 1975, the record labels and album covers were careful to point out that "Kodachrome® is a registered trademark for colored film."
16th Mar '17 9:00:17 AM MarsJenkar
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** For Frosted Flakes, at least, it's justified - generic/store brand knockoffs are almost always also called "Frosted Flakes."

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** For Frosted Flakes, at least, it's justified - generic/store brand knockoffs are almost always also called "Frosted Flakes."" Also justified with "Raisin Bran", which both Post and Kellogg's have a version of.
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