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Can anyone think of any product other than Hoover that has become a verb? I say this because I've just bought a Samsung vacuum cleaner which has a sucking power that well, lets just say that it reminds me of an old girlfriend. Anyway I digress, on the receipt the shopkeeper had written One Samsung Hoover????????

rizla Craig
Sellotape Biro Tippex Thermos


I rizla You rizla He rizlas We rizla They rizla And in use: I rizla my cigarettes because it's cheaper that way. ???????? I biro You biro He biros We biro They biro And in use: He biros at his desk all day long not even taking a break for lunch. ????????? My particular favourite is: I thermos You thermos He thermoses We thermos They thermos And in use: We always thermos our tea in the morning before we go to work. Perhaps I'm wrong but there are quite a lot of trademark nouns which have not in fact been turned into verbs..... yet! As to whether a trademark has passed into general use for all products of the same genre, that is a different question entirely. Hoover has both become a verb and a generic term; thermos, rizla and biro have not.
He saucered his tea. I misunderstood the post. Tired.


But thanks for the effort you have put into making me look like an idiot, it is much appreciated.


Xerox? Not sure if google counts but I think it's now officially a verb.
They are many term that come to mind. Anton Mesmer (mesmerize)leads the list. Car waxes (Simonize), Cleaning proceedures (Martinize).Common nouns; Critic, vapor, super, energy, ion, jeopardy, minimum, notary, optimum, patron,trauma, trivial, winter. J.X.M
'Common nouns; Critic, vapor, super, energy, ion, jeopardy, minimum, notary, optimum, patron,trauma, trivial, winter.' These are good old ise/ize verbs - depending on which side of the pond you fish.... But no-one does it like good old GW Bush. :-)

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I've definitely heard T-Cut used as a verb in the wild ("that'll T-Cut out" - but only 37 results on google) I've heard similar use for Febreze but that was more of a playful use.


I've just been T-Cutting the side of my car as some miserable s*d scraped it right down the side. And I do use that as a verb. I'll stop now. Google is certainly a verb these days. Much like the Hoover, you'd google using yahoo.
In every day usage Hoover wins by a mile, closely followed by Google. (For some strange reason Google wanted to stop people using their name as a verb???)Biro doesn't cut it, you may well ask for a Biro but you don't biro a letter to your loved ones, or even your family. And 'can you xerox this?' Is not in everyday usage in my canon, or most peoples. No, Hoover and Google are the Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal of the verbed world. Did you see Nadal completely stuff our last hope at Windlebum? There is the Premiership and then there is the rest, and Andy Murray is the rest.


Hoover wins by a mile.... Boo What's your real name Mugabee? Gotta be Google, selotape, or T-cut, Don't mention rizla, I misunderstood the whole thing. Craig
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'can you xerox this?' is in my Dad's everyday usage, and most people in the forces I imagine who say xerox rather than copy or photocopy!


Kodak tried for many years to verb their name. The idea was to make it a household expression. One of those "Kodak" never worked. "Kodak" your family. These days, it is about all Kodak can do to stay in business. Here in the states, back in the 60's, a Honda was a motorcycle. Of course, there were other brands, but many people called any motorcycle a "Honda" There was also the case of Frigidaire, a brand of refrigerator. Again, many called any refrigerator a Frigidaire. Visit me

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