Shopping 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name  

Lisa Waugh
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List Rules Vote up the brands that make you forget there is even a generic version out there.

When was the last time you asked for a tissue, or lip balm? It's just more natural to call certain things by their brand name, like Kleenex or Chapstick. Every single one of us is guilty of unintentional verbal product placement - it would be difficult to think of someone who doesn't use a trademarked brand name to identify things we use or do every day. The reason behind this is usually that it's just easier to describe to other people if you use a recognizable brand name. 

But some of the most well-known brands have been called by their brand names for so long, we don’t even realize it. Astro Turf, Granola, Teleprompter, Mace… all trademarked brands. When you call your dog a Seeing Eye Dog, she better have her training and certification from Seeing Eye Morristown New Jersey. Don’t even throw around the term Realtor unless you join and follow the code of ethics laid down by the National Association of Realtors.  

You’re not wearing a Stetson unless it’s actually a Stetson. Otherwise, be prepared to get a very curt letter from the company. You’re not getting Novocain at the dentist unless it’s that particular brand of procaine hydrochloride. You're not drinking Champagne out of a Dixie Cup; you're guzzling sparkling white wine out of a paper cup.  

It’s hard not to use the term Band Aid when you scrape your knee. Does anyone really say adhesive bandage? It’s also nearly impossible to refer to a Zamboni as an ice resurfacer. And do you really have to tell someone to grab your phenacyl chloride tear gas dissolved in hydrocarbon solvents into a small aerosol spray? Mace is much shorter and effective in that situation.  

Which brands do you order by name? Vote up the name brands you find yourself using on the regular. 
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Band-Aid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Band-Aid Adhesive bandage, or plaster if you're British 

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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Q-Tip Ear swabs 

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Play-Doh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Play-Doh Malleable, nontoxic modeling compound made in bright colors

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Bubble Wrap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Bubble Wrap Transparent pliable patterned plastic

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Zipper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Zipper Clasp locker

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Pop Tart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Pop Tart Frosted and plain breakfast pastries for the toaster

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Escalator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Escalator Moving staircase, or conveyor transport device

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Jello is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Jello Gelatin dessert

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Frisbee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Frisbee Disc-shaped gliding toy or flying disc 

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Velcro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Velcro Fabric hook and loop fastener

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Post-Its is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Post-Its Adhesive note 

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Chapstick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Chapstick Lip balm 

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Taser is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Taser Stun gun 

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Vaseline is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Vaseline Petroleum jelly

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Popsicle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Popsicle Frozen, flavored ice pop

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Kool-Aid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Kool-Aid Flavored drink mix

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Hula-Hoop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Hula-Hoop Circular twirling hoop 

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Styrofoam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Styrofoam Expanded polystyrene

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Kleenex is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Kleenex Tissue 

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Jet Ski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Jet Ski Personal watercraft 

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Ping-Pong is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Ping-Pong Table tennis

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Breathalyzer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Breathalyzer Sobriety testing device

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Wite-Out is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Wite-Out Corrective fluid

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Rollberblades is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Rollberblades Inline skates 

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Google is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Google Internet search engine, to look things up online

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Onesies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Onesies Infant and adult bodysuits, sometimes animals wear them 

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Sharpie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Sharpie Permanent marker 

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Aspirin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Aspirin Acetylsalicylic acid

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Thermos is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Thermos A vacuum bottle container lined with an insulating material to keep liquids hot or cold

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Ouija Board is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Ouija Board Ghost/spirits communication tool 

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iPod is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
iPod MP3 player

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Tupperware is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Tupperware Plastic food storage ware 

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Crock-Pot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Crock-Pot Slow cooker

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Mace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Mace Phenacyl chloride tear gas dissolved in hydrocarbon solvents into a small aerosol spray can

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Coke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Coke Any soft drink 

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Dumpster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Dumpster Rolling garbage recepticle

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Granola is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Granola Baked rolled oats, nuts, honey, and other ingredients. 

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Jacuzzi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Jacuzzi Hot tub

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Hacky Sack is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Hacky Sack Footbag

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Astro Turf is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Astro Turf Short-pile synthetic turf

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Laundromat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Laundromat Washateria or laundrette

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Zamboni is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Zamboni Ice resurfacer 

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Slip’N Slide is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Slip’N Slide Backyard water slide

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GED is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
GED High school equivalency diploma

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Plexiglass is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Plexiglass Acrylic glass or polymethyl methacrylate

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Microchip is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Microchip Tiny chip of semiconducting material used to make an integrated circuit

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Kitty Litter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Kitty Litter Granulated clay to absorb cat waste

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Seeing Eye Dog is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Seeing Eye Dog Guide dog

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Scotch Tape is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Scotch Tape Transparent adhesive tape 

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Linoleum is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Linoleum Floor covering