Where's molly?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Apr 9 00:56:40 UTC 2001

At 8:17 AM -0400 4/9/01, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
>I don't know why "Molly" [earlier slang? wife's name? made of molybdenum
>steel? ...], but this is a US trademark for expansion bolts (serial #
>71350938, says the USPTO), dating from 1934.
Thanks for the history, and I do like the molybdenum derivation, but
I maintain that trademark or no, it's used generically (like scotch
tape, xerox, coke, jello, and band-aid) for plastic expansion bolts
used for dry-wall mounting, regardless of manufacturer and thus ought
to be listed.


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