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Do You Know the Names for These Everyday Things?
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Some names for everyday household items are so obvious, you know exactly what the item is by the name itself. A "toothbrush" is a brush you use to clean your teeth. Still, sometimes there is no obvious rhythm or reason why things are named the way they are, as the original inspiration is no longer around or the word came from an obscure source. Then there are those gadgets that have become obsolete due to technology such as a watch or land-line phone, which you may no longer recall. Of course, some devices have become name for the brand that first popularized the item itself: people often refer generically to a vacuum cleaner as a "hoover" or ask for tissues by saying, "Could you pass the Kleenex"?  

Today, companies turn to name generators and expensive brand consultants to find the perfect name for their product: Roomba, the robot vacuum, was named by the latter. Others, like Steve Jobs, took the name of a common fruit for his company because the name sounded “fun, spirited and not intimidating" - which was how he wanted people to think of his computer.

No matter how the name came to be, see if you can recall it from the image. Challenge your friends and see how you stack up against others! 



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