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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for July 8, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the June 24, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Tools of the Trade(mark)." Pretty much everybody wrote in to suggest a genericized trademark that I didn't explicitly namedrop, but member tkeller's suggestion was a personal favorite.

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This week's quibble comes from the June 24, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Tools of the Trade(mark)." Pretty much everybody wrote in to suggest a genericized trademark that I didn't explicitly namedrop, but member tkeller's suggestion was a personal favorite. Plus, he gave me a helpful you-can-stop-adding-to-the-list-now link:

"I'm drinking ice tea from a Styrofoam cup as I write this... Oh wait, it isn't Styrofoam, it's expanded polystyrene. Styrofoam is a blue extruded polystyrene insulation material. There is no such thing as a Styrofoam cup. Sorry Dow Chemical. I'm gonna call it a styrofoam cup. Edit: a 'List of generic and genericized trademarks' on Wikipedia."

Thanks for the extra info, and keep those quibbles coming!

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