gneeric "Websters"

Jesse T Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Mon Jul 19 15:48:07 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'm sure they've gotten used to it by now, since the
Supreme Court decided in 1910 that _Webster's_ was a

Jesse Sheidlower
<jester at>

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