gneeric "Websters"

Jesse T Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Mon Jul 19 16:20:58 UTC 1999

Ron Butters wrote:
> << Why would any scholar forget to check the OXFORD version of Websters??>>
> This is really an interesting use of "Websters"! This is like saying, "the
> SCOTT version of Kleenex" or "the GE version of Hoover"; apparently
> "Websters" has now become totally generic, like aspirin. Some people in
> Massachusetts are not going to like this one bit.

I responded to this before, but it seems not to have
gotten through.

The name "Webster's" has been generic since 1915 (not
1910, as I erroneously wrote in my previous message),
according to the Supreme Court. Those people in
Massachusetts have had some time to get used to it.

Jesse Sheidlower
<jester at>

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