[LMB] not quite a haut bubble OT:

A. Marina Fournier saffronrose at me.com
Fri Sep 3 23:46:47 BST 2021


On Sep 3, 2021, at 3:38 PM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> 
> On Sun, 29 Aug 2021 16:27:38 -0700, "A. Marina Fournier wrote:
>>> On Aug 28, 2021, at 8:22 PM, Damien Sullivan <phoenix at mindstalk.net> wrote:
>>> 
>>> ?Dutch microcars
>>> https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B9ly7JjqEb0
>> Isn’t ’biro’ a common name for a ballpoint pen?
> 
> It's an eponym, like "Hoover" for any vacuum cleaner.

Kleenex, Xerox, aspirin, kitty litter—I knew about hoover the verb.

> Named after László Bíró, the inventor.
> 
> In France, they use "Bic" the same way.

Coincidental timing—I just emailed my friend (since middle school) László‘s wife (roommate for three semesters in college)! 

A. Marina Fournier
saffronrose at me.com
Je persisterai quand même, car j’ais survécu d’être née
Valley of Heart’s Delight. CA
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