Some big corporations are paying big money to make sure you don’t use their names.
Usually they love it if their trademark name is well-known. But if it becomes so well-known that the name becomes generic, the company can lose the right to its own trademark.
Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are coming at you from Camp Doogs with a live episode of Talk the Talk.
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Faroe Islands Translate
Faroe Islands creates its version of Google Translate after tech giant snub
Religious affiliation impacts language use on Facebook
Why Christians are More Positive on Facebook
Strewth! Scrabble gets a makeover Down Under as Australia gets first slang edition
Fair-dinkum true blue words hit new Aussie version of Scrabble
‘Genericide’: When brands get too big
15 Product Trademarks That Have Become Victims Of Genericization
Velcro’s video implores consumers to say ‘hook and loop’
Don’t Say VELCRO®
‘Kleenex Is a Registered Trademark’ (and Other Desperate Appeals)
Adobe says stop using ‘Photoshop’ as a generic term
Check out this list from Adobe of things you’re not supposed to say, especially number 13.
Spam-maker loses bid to trademark ‘spam’
Can You Trademark the Phrase “Let’s Roll”?
Australian government: Common and prohibited signs
Trademark Erosion: Avoiding Genericide
Should’ve seen it coming: the trademarking of public language
I’ve Got a Problem: ‘No Problem’
“No problem” vs “you’re welcome”
Aaron Dinkin NWAV paper: It’s No Problem to Be Polite: Apparent-Time Change in Responses to Thanks (PDF)
‘Total monster’: fatberg blocks London sewage system
10-Tonne ‘Fatberg’ Breaks West London Sewer
What is the difference between burg and berg in German city names?
— Sophie Richard (@LinguistSophie) 5 October 2017
Anne Curzan: Sad React
Is ‘AF’ even a word?
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