I think we’ve all heard of this concept, a brand name that becomes the common term for something—like Band-Aid™, Hula hoop™, Tupperware™, Aspirin, etc. All of those are former or current brand names of things. They’re called genericized trademarks and I think the idea of them is common knowledge. I find that a lot of people have a short list of them in their head, but after checking out the list of generic and genericized trademarks, I saw there are many more than I imagined. My favorites:
Also, this serves as a quick reminder that corporations and their marketing own us all, even the way we speak. Now I know a few more words to start avoiding in my feeble attempt to stop sounding like a commercial every time I open my mouth.