12 popular words you didn't know started as brands

Some companies' products and services become so popular their brand names become common nouns and verbs. In fact, you might be using such words every day – read on to find 12 of the most unexpected examples.

All of the trademarks from the list were once registered by different companies. They got the right to use the symbol ® to inform the public that these names were owned by the companies and legally protected.

Some of the trademarks from the list have already expired – the term of a trademark is usually 10 years. After the completion of the term, the owner has to renew the trademark for another 10 years in order not to lose it.

Which one surprised you the most? Did you know about any of these? Would you like to add any words to this list?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Kleenex? A brand name now commonly used for tissue.
Jan 6, 2020 4:46PM
Mike Doughty
Biro, Hoover (may be too long ago for most readers.)
Jan 1, 2020 7:39PM
Coke. I refer to all soda, especially cola, as Coke
May 23, 2020 4:54PM
Joy Holbrook
Mike Doughty, I remember both of those clearly. Now I feel old! 😉
May 12, 2020 6:26PM
Doris Dallaire
Escalator surprised me most.
May 12, 2020 4:44PM
Sherry Battin
Christina Birnie, The correct spelling is Realtor as is the pronunciation, though it is commonly mispronunced as “realitor”. The term is trademarked and refers to members of the National Association of Realtors.
May 11, 2020 4:44PM
Robert Green
Forgot Cresent wrench common name for adjustable wrench
May 10, 2020 5:41PM
Jon Hicks
Hoover, as in the vacuum cleaner
May 5, 2020 2:52PM
Hope Less
You forgot Kleenex
Apr 28, 2020 6:48PM
Carol McBride McCoy
Yes, escalator - Shirley Carol Maritz,
Apr 12, 2020 5:55PM
Rosemary Elstone
Jim Woodiwiss, Really?
Apr 6, 2020 7:27PM
Mary Pelto
stellaclaude, my mother-in-law called all fridges Frigidaire.
Mar 23, 2020 5:57PM
Grant McIntosh
Mike Doughty, Certainly in the UK, people still refer to doing the hoovering.
Mar 5, 2020 4:42PM
Scotch tape
Mar 1, 2020 10:29PM
Shirley Carol Maritz
More please. Escalator was the one that "got" me.
Feb 16, 2020 1:55AM
Christina Birnie
Thermos was originally invented by Sir James Dewar a Scotsman, Realator is only used in America it is estate agent in the uk
Feb 11, 2020 10:12AM
diff, DITTO. Elevator surprised me as a brand name, I had no clue. Thank you for an interesting and fun learning trivia. I like knowledge and I can not lie. Kleenex any one?
Feb 5, 2020 6:06PM

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