[LMB] not quite a haut bubble OT:

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Wed Sep 8 03:19:21 BST 2021


When I was young, a "Bic" could also refer to a cigarette lighter.  You'd
hear someone say "I flicked my Bic."

These days, it's not nearly so commonly heard.

On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 9:12 PM Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com> wrote:

> It's just easy to say "pass me the pen," than to say "pass me the Bic."
>
> On Tue, Sep 7, 2021, 7:53 PM Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Kleenex.  Jello.  Xerox.  (That one's pretty obsolete.)
> >
> > Google.
> >
> > Lots of brand names become generic terms.  As for why the Brits use
> certain
> > names and we use others... (shrugs)
> >
> > Matt G.
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