My family is always working on some kind of puzzle or game together. Remember my post from some time ago about the objects containing first names? (That's a nice rug in front of your door, Matt! DOOR MAT) When some of we cousins don't see each other except for maybe twice a year, several of us attempt to remember our new contributions for several months until we can add our thought to the family list.
Well, we have another "puzzle" to which we constantly return. I don't know for sure who brought it up years ago, but I think it was Uncle Roger. His idea: to make a list of everyday items that are generally referred to by a brand name instead of a general name. Because the items in the title of this post are probably the two most common, my brother and I usually call this the Band-Aid Game or the Kleenex Principle.
Band-Aid instead of Adhesive Bandage
Kleenex instead of Facial Tissue
I realize these tendencies can vary from family to family and from region to region. For instance, even though most people from central Illinois say the term "pop" and southern Illinois citizens usually say "soda", I know many in the south use the term "Coke" (brand name) for the general "carbonated soft drink." (Would you like a Coke? Yes. What kind? A Sprite.)
My brother has now taken this list to the students in his physics, chemistry and math classes, and they are trying to add to it. It's interesting how different generations think of different answers. I thought we could focus on these for a few days and make a list of our own.
I think I'll keep track of mine on a Post-it Note. ;)