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DVD-Man

Distinguished Member
Right folks, can anyone answer this question?

What is the term used when a term or item is replaced with the name of an item used for that, example:-

give me a coke in a pub, when you want cola

hoover the carpet when it's actually vacuum

I know there is a term or word for this but can't remember anymore but it's annoying me.

HELP!

Thanks

Liam
 

andykn

Prominent Member

DVD-Man

Distinguished Member
Something like "genericised trademarks" if I recall correctly. Or Genericide.

Did you just know that or use the t'interweb?

However that is the word I was thinking about so thank you!:thumbsup:

Liam
 

Astraeus

Prominent Member
I studied English Language a few years ago, it was something we had as part of a module. Took me a moment to locate it in my notes (which I have conveniently accessible in the cupboard next to me).
 

DVD-Man

Distinguished Member
It's been buggin me for ages now but you solved it so it's all good, it's hard to search for in google.

Liam
 

DVD-Man

Distinguished Member
Very interesting, learned something.
Do people in the UK say "nutella" when they mean chocolate spread?

Where I come from one would maybe say "a piece (slice of bread) on nutella" so yeah I suppose some do.

The latest seems to be people saying I must/will google that.

Liam
 

wormvortex

Distinguished Member
I head the best thing on the train google related:

Guy A: I bet the word is spelt like this (can't remember the exact word)
Guy B: Trust me it's not
Guy A: Fine I'll google it when I get home and we'll see who's right
Guy B: I'll google you in a minute.

Made me :D
 

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