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764035.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:42 am Reply with quote

Once saw the band "Q-Tips" supporting "The Who." back in the early 80's, they were fronted by Paul Young before he went solo. Although they only had small chart sucess they were highly rated as a live act.

764036.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:44 am Reply with quote

Q-Tip is an American brand name, but there are no other brands of cotton buds in the US -- or at least none worth mentioning -- so Americans routinely call any cotton bud a "Q-Tip".

The same with Band-Aids and Jell-O (US) and Sellotape and Plasticine (UK). The general phenomenon is called genericisation, and can lead to loss of brand and trademark rights if the company fails to defend the name vigorously.

764058.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:10 am Reply with quote

independent canon

I think they all intertwingled at some point or other.

764066.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:29 am Reply with quote

I seem to remember some stramash with the advertising of Durex, the brand of Australian sellotape not the novelty balloons, involving the Beeb, the FIA and the coverage of the Aussie Grand Prix.

764116.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:57 am Reply with quote

Always thought Q-tips was something to do with snooker...

764125.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:46 am Reply with quote

cherrycoke wrote:
The one that always got me was how Americans and Brits had two different genericised trademarks for the same thing, based on which was more successful in the respective territories - Band-Aid & Elastoplast.

I thought both of those brands were only known in America. The only time I'd even heard of Band Aid was the musical fund-raiser, only much later did I find out it had a second meaning. They were always just plasters to me.

764146.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:12 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
but Mr Gerstenzang originally called the things "Baby Gays".

So someone may, at the time, have said, "I am going to clean out my ear with a Baby Gay".
Who would ever have thought of those words being in that order in the same sentence?

764177.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:20 pm Reply with quote

They were always just plasters to me.

I asked for plasters in a pharmacy....sorry, drugstore in Boston.

The chap behind the counter looked at me like I'd asked for a moon rock curry with a side helping of llama ears.

764215.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:21 pm Reply with quote

cornixt wrote:
I thought both of those brands were only known in America.

Elastoplast is actually a British brand; the adhesive bandages with that name were first made by T J Smith and Nephew in Hull. Smith and Nephew sold out in 1992 to a Hamburg based company called Beiersdorf AG, and the Hamburg-ness is reflected in the name used for the product in most of Europe - Hansaplast.

Spud McLaren
764224.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:37 pm Reply with quote

Neotenic wrote:
...plasters...The chap behind the counter looked at me like I'd asked for a moon rock curry with a side helping of llama ears.
Think how an Aussie gets looked at here when asking for a roll of Durex.

"A roll???"

764225.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:38 pm Reply with quote

Hansaplast goes back all the way to 1922, though, so I guess Elastoplast was originally an unrelated product that was actually discontinued when Beiersdorf came in and replaced by Hansaplast under the Elastoplast brand. Beiersdorf are also the guys behind Nivea, btw.



764236.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:20 pm Reply with quote

Is hoover now a regular word on both sides of the Atlantic?

764244.  Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:12 pm Reply with quote

Pretty much, yes.

It's perhaps not as commonly used as a generic name on the left of the pond as it is on the right, but there's no danger of it not being understood.

Peregrine Arkwright
764285.  Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:35 am Reply with quote


Another worlwide battle is between Gillette and Schick razors. Except that here in the UK the local brand name of Schick is Wilkinson Sword.

The other beauty was Exxon. Some French guy opened a chain of porno cinemas, or some such, called Sexxon with exactly the same typeface log etc so that he could have a court battle at which Exxon bought him out. He then invested the proceeds in an attempt to repeat his financial success formula here in the Uk, again setting up a chain of seedy whatevers called Sexxon.

Unforunately he miscalculated, because the UK was one of the few markets where Standard Oil had then retained the old Esso branding. So the oil major simply left the French guy to wallow in his expensive flop of a chain of sexy cinemas, where he lost every penny he had made off them in France. Or so the story goes.
Peregrine Arkwright
1382295.  Thu May 27, 2021 2:00 pm Reply with quote

imaginer wrote:

Phil Redmond then went on to write Brookside, which was very successful... he then got the sack and Brookside became bland and failed as a show!

Although it sounds like their work the theme tune to Brookside was not written by Vangelis or Jarre but by Steve Wright and Dave Roylance, two blokes from the Wirral.


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