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Brands 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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223 9
Band-Aid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Adhesive bandage, or plaster if you're British 

2
208 13
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Q-Tip Ear swabs 

3
175 12
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

4
157 12
Bubble Wrap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Bubble Wrap Transparent pliable patterned plastic

5
137 10
Zipper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Zipper Clasp locker

6
131 10
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

7
160 15
Escalator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Escalator Moving staircase, or conveyor transport device

8
157 15
Frisbee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Frisbee Disc-shaped gliding toy or flying disc 

9
131 11
Velcro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Velcro Fabric hook and loop fastener

10
147 14
Jello is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Jello Gelatin dessert

11
134 14
Post-Its is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Post-Its Adhesive note 

12
162 21
Chapstick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Chapstick Lip balm 

13
115 13
Vaseline is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Petroleum jelly

14
121 15
Taser is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Taser Stun gun 

15
145 23
Popsicle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Popsicle Frozen, flavored ice pop

16
116 16
Hula-Hoop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Hula-Hoop Circular twirling hoop 

17
127 20
Styrofoam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Styrofoam Expanded polystyrene

18
146 26
Kool-Aid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Kool-Aid Flavored drink mix

19
135 23
Jet Ski is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Jet Ski Personal watercraft 

20
134 24
Breathalyzer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Breathalyzer Sobriety testing device

21
100 14
Rollberblades is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Rollberblades Inline skates 

22
149 31
Kleenex is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Tissue 

23
115 19
Ping-Pong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Ping-Pong Table tennis

24
117 20
Wite-Out is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Wite-Out Corrective fluid

25
89 15
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

26
93 17
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 

27
86 15
Sharpie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Permanent marker 

28
106 27
Aspirin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Aspirin Acetylsalicylic acid

29
100 24
Thermos is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name

A vacuum bottle container lined with an insulating material to keep liquids hot or cold


30
105 28
iPod is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
iPod MP3 player

31
82 16
Tupperware is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Tupperware Plastic food storage ware 

32
77 14
Crock-Pot is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Crock-Pot Slow cooker

33
85 18
Ouija Board is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Ouija Board Ghost/spirits communication tool 

34
88 21
Mace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Phenacyl chloride tear gas dissolved in hydrocarbon solvents into a small aerosol spray can

35
105 33
Coke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Coke Any soft drink 

36
69 14
Dumpster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Dumpster Rolling garbage recepticle

37
59 13
Hacky Sack is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Hacky Sack Footbag

38
67 18
Granola is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Granola Baked rolled oatsnutshoney, and other ingredients. 

39
75 23
Jacuzzi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Jacuzzi Hot tub

40
71 21
Laundromat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Laundromat Washateria or laundrette

41
79 27
Astro Turf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Astro Turf Short-pile synthetic turf

42
50 10
Slip’N Slide is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Slip’N Slide Backyard water slide

43
62 18
Plexiglass is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Plexiglass Acrylic glass or polymethyl methacrylate

44
81 31
Zamboni is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Zamboni Ice resurfacer 

45
83 35
GED is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
GED High school equivalency diploma

46
47 12
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

47
64 27
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

48
45 14
Scotch Tape is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Scotch Tape Transparent adhesive tape 

49
38 9
PowerPoint is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
PowerPoint Presentation and graphics program

50
54 21
Linoleum is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 70+ Brands You Ask for by Name
Linoleum Floor covering