25 Common Words That You Didn’t Realize Are Actually Brand Names

You probably didn’t realize it but many of the words you use everyday are actually trademarked. These are 25 common words that you didn’t realize are actually brand names.

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Band-Aid

brand names you use in everyday speech

Band-Aid is a trademark of Johnson & Johnson. The generic term is adhesive bandage.

24

Jacuzzi

brand names you use in everyday speech

Not only does Jacuzzi makes bath tubs they also make toilets.

23

Kleenex

brand names you use in everyday speech

Kleenex is actually just a brand of facial tissues

22

Ping-Pong

brand names you use in everyday speech

It’s actually a trademarked brand of table tennis products.

21

Velcro

brand names you use in everyday speech

Velcro is the world’s most popular brand of hook and loop fasteners.

20

Super Glue

brand names you use in everyday speech

This brand is only one of many cyanoacrylate adhesives.

19

Roller Blades

brand names you use in everyday speech

They are the world’s most prominent brand of inline skates.

18

Super Heroes

brand names you use in everyday speech

If you really want to avoid copyright infringement then you should use the one word “superhero”. The two word version is actually trademarked by DC comics.

17

Taser

brand names you use in everyday speech

A trademark of TASER International, the name of this electrostatic shock weapon is an acronym for “Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle”.

16

Walkman

brand names you use in everyday speech

Walkman was one of the most successful brands of personal stereos in the 20th century.

15

Wite-Out

brand names you use in everyday speech

The generic term is “correction fluid”.

14

Styrofoam

brand names you use in everyday speech

What you typically call styrofoam isn’t styrofoam at all. It’s Extruded Polystyrene Foam. Styrofoam is a specific brand of the same material that is used only in construction.

13

Jet Ski

brand names you use in everyday speech

Not all stand up personal watercraft are Jet Skis.

12

Hula hoop

brand names you use in everyday speech

Those things you always played with in middle school are actually a trademarked brand of toy hoops.

11

Frisbee

brand names you use in everyday speech

Frisbee is a very large producer of flying discs.

10

Lava Lamp

brand names you use in everyday speech

The generic term is liquid motion lamp.

9

ChapStick

brand names you use in everyday speech

ChapStick is only a brand of lip balm.

8

Dumpster

brand names you use in everyday speech

Chances are you didn’t realize this one was trademarked, but not all front loader waste containers are dumpsters.

7

Bubble wrap

brand names you use in everyday speech

Trademarked by Sealed Air Corporation, the generic term is inflated cushioning

6

Crock-Pot

brand names you use in everyday speech

There are plenty of slow cookers that aren’t Crock-Pots.

5

Post-it

brand names you use in everyday speech

Post-it is a brand name sticky note.

4

Seeing Eye Dog

brand names you use in everyday speech

Once again, you probably won’t believe us but this one is actually copyrighted as well. If it wasn’t trained by Seeing Eye of New Jersey it’s technically only a guide dog.

3

Q-Tips

brand names you use in everyday speech

Originally called Baby Gays and then later changed to Q-Tips, the “Q” stood for quality. The generic term would be cotton swab.

2

Saran Wrap

brand names you use in everyday speech

You probably use this one all the time but not all the plastic wrap in your kitchen is Saran Wrap.

1

Popsicle

brand names you use in everyday speech

Invented on accident by an 11 year old Frank Epperson in 1905 the term is owned by Unilever



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