Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Name That Stays

First let me direct you to my pick for "Spread the Word" Thursday

I was going through f8hasit picks for awards and came across this post Funny is the new young. Something every parent with college kids should read or even younger kids to prepare for the day when they are college kids. It can also be used for those unforunate parents that have adult children come back home to live. I loved it and I pretty sure you will too.

Another shout out to f8hasit..Thanks for leading me to some great blogs! Although I still haven't finished with all of the winners (took me all night to do 7 of them), some are right up my alley. Thanks again.

Now on to the title of this post...

My super good friend, sister-in-law Janet and I were chatting on the phone, just random stuff as usual and this subject crossed my mind. What is this subject? I will do my best to put it into words for ya, cause my brain tends to lean towards pics instead of words.

Hold on got to wake up Taco Bell, he's snoring to loud for me to think.

Okay, I'm back...

Words that we use to name something that is the generic version of the name brand. Yeah that didn't come out right! Maybe if I give you an example you might understand my meaning, so here it goes:

Onesies...(Janet's word, BTW) The word Onesies is actually a name brand, but most everyone I know uses the word for all simular outfits.

Are you getting the idea? I hope so, cause that was the best description I could come up with.

Cheerios...(my word) For me this relates to ALL little round, dounut looking, oat, floaties in my milk. No matter what company actually made it. I don't go around saying "I'm going to have a bowl of Hill country Fare: Toasted Oats" LOL

Aspirin...This one is the opposite. Every pain reliever in my house is refered to as Aspirin, wether it be Motrin or Tylenol or Advil. Weird, right? Oh well...

Surely, you get my meaning by now.

So, what are some words you can come up with?


Spot said... [Reply to comment]

I went and read your recommendation. She is very witty! And really reminds me of Erma Bombeck!

I couldn't come up with any generic words we use for stuff. But we do have a habit of naming actions after people. Like if you try to lift the car door handle, while someone else is unlocking it, thus resulting in it staying locked...we say you pulled a molly. See what I mean?

great post!

Angelia Sims said... [Reply to comment]

Well,I am sure this is nothing new but growing up (and even now) all soda pop is COKE, no matter what it is. It's COKE. What kind of Coke do you want?
*drives my boyfriend batty*
Scrunchy is what I call a bath scrubbie.
You go down there when you visit someone out of town, even if you head north.
*wow, I'm sounding hick*
Gosh, I have a TON more, but I can't think of any. I bet Jason will, he is always confused by my speech. :-) It's perfectly clear to me! HA!

Maureen@IslandRoar said... [Reply to comment]

I can never think of stuff when I need to! Tylenol and Motrin come to mind; tho I always buy generic. Band aids?
Nancy always has good blog suggestions. I'm gonna go check that out.

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

Band-Aid, Kool-Aid

mindy@thesuburbanlife said... [Reply to comment]

You are speakin' my language sister. I totally think of this random stuff all the time. Our big one is "coke" like someone already mentioned. Now I'm going to be obsessed all night trying to come up with other ones. =)

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Spot...My daughter did that to me once, we had a good laugh over it.

Angelia...Coke, good one! I'll take an orange coke!

Maureen...Band-aid, why didn't I think of that? That has been around forever and everyone uses it! Great answer!

Jen...Kool-aid, Great answer. I buy flavor-aid and always call it Kool-aid.

Mindy...LOL, I've been looking all over the house at everything and I think I'm trying to hard. I come up with nothing!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said... [Reply to comment]

I always say kleenex for tissue. Does that count?

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

PHST...Good one, yup that counts. I've been know to do that too.

Tinkerschnitzel said... [Reply to comment]

Saltines are any variety of little white crackers.

My family has a bad habit of making up words for things. It's insane when a new person comes in and has no clue what we're talking about.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Tinkerschnitzel...Yup that's a good one. I confuse my hubby all the time with made up words. LOL