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Posted: 11 September 2007 06:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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I don’t think doberman qualifies for this list.

These are all words that are tradenames that are used generically.  While doberman does come from the originator of the breed, Louis Dobermann, it doesn’t qualify as a generic term.

No one ever calls a dog a doberman generically.  At least I’ve never heard it, and I’ve been in the dog game as a handler, trainer, and breeder for forty years.  While I do frequently hear retrievers generically referred to as labradors even if they are a golden or a curly-coat (my breed), I’ve never heard doberman used this way.

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Posted: 21 September 2007 09:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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Posted: 03 October 2007 07:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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What about -

tippex
zimmer ?

In the UK, tippex can be any kind of white correction stuff or the verb for what you do with it.

A zimmer is a walking frame.

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Posted: 22 November 2016 07:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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Here’s one I had never heard of until yesterday: chyron, meaning lower-third text often used in news broadcasts.

Chyron Corporation were among the early developers of such text overlays.

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Posted: 23 November 2016 11:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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There was a thread, nominally about “chyron” but rapidly derailed by discussion of similar-looking names, on the old site.

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Posted: 23 November 2016 03:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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Well remembered, Doc. Despite being the OP I’d completely forgotten the thread. (And I never did get to see K Street).

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