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For example: tippex, hoover, escalator.
(I stole the idea for this thread from another forum... Sorry!)
(a Lloyds TSB trademark)
"hole in teh wall"
Blutac, biro, durex, sellotape
Really? What's the proper generic name?
I might actually be wrong about that one... :(
Escalator = Scala Elevator
The escalator as we know it was later re-designed by Charles Seeberger in 1897, who created the name 'escalator' from the word 'scala', which is Latin for steps and the word 'elevator', which had already been invented.
Charles Seeberger, together with the Otis Elevator Company produced the first commercial escalator in 1899 at the Otis factory in Yonkers, N.Y. The Seeberger-Otis wooden escalator won first prize at the Paris 1900 Exposition Universelle in France. Jesse Reno's Coney Island ride success briefly made Jesse Reno into "the" escalator designer and he founded the Reno Electric Stairways and Conveyors company in 1902.
Charles Seeberger sold his patent rights for the escalator to the Otis Elevator Company in 1910, who also bought Jesse Reno's escalator patent in 1911. Otis then came to dominate escalator production, and combined and improved the various designs of escalators.
According to Otis, "In the 1920s, Otis engineers, led by David Lindquist, combined and improved the Jesse Reno and Charles Seeberger escalator designs, and created the cleated, level steps of the modern escalator in use today. Over the years, Otis dominated the escalator business, but lost the product's trademark. The word escalator lost its proprietary status and its capital "e" in 1950 when the U.S. Patent Office ruled that the word "escalator" had become just a common descriptive term for moving stairways."
(Courtesy of Alan Partridge...)
Mackintosh (as in anorak, not as in the computer favoured by errr....anoraks)
*rawkous twiddly solo*
aga is only right for an aga. otherwise it's a range innit.
as an Aga fairly often
because they're wrong.
which are made by Aga and very simlilar to Agas so people say Aga anyway.