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Quiz: Brand Name or Generic Word?
by Staff
Brand names and generic words are often confused in our constantly morphing language. Can you tell which of these words are brand names and which are generic words?

Bubble wrap

  • brand name
  • generic word

Heroin

  • brand name
  • generic word

Thermos

  • brand name
  • generic word

Escalator

  • brand name
  • generic word

Onesies

  • brand name
  • generic word

Aspirin

  • brand name
  • generic word

Seeing-eye dog

  • brand name
  • generic word

Xerox

  • brand name
  • generic word

Crock-Pot

  • brand name
  • generic word

Laundromat

  • brand name
  • generic word

Vaseline

  • brand name
  • generic word

Breathalyzer

  • brand name
  • generic word

Videotape

  • brand name
  • generic word

Sharpie

  • brand name
  • generic word

Rollerblades

  • brand name
  • generic word

Popsicle

  • brand name
  • generic word

Formica

  • brand name
  • generic word

Plexiglas

  • brand name
  • generic word

Scotch tape

  • brand name
  • generic word

Zipper

  • brand name
  • generic word

Trampoline

  • brand name
  • generic word

Realtor

  • brand name
  • generic word

Touch-tone

  • brand name
  • generic word

Velcro

  • brand name
  • generic word

Kerosene

  • brand name
  • generic word

Dry ice

  • brand name
  • generic word

Weed eater

  • brand name
  • generic word

Band-Aid

  • brand name
  • generic word

Yo-yo

  • brand name
  • generic word

Dumpster

  • brand name
  • generic word