PDF as a Verb

David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Mon Feb 6 18:28:53 UTC 2006

From:    Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>

> Oh, OK.  I misunderstood.  When you said that '''FedEx'' has come to
> mean overnight shipping', I thought you were applying it to the
> process, regardless of the company involved.  I don't overnight ship
> much myself, so I don't really have an intuition, but it wouldn't
> surprise me to find that there is dialectal/idiolectal variation of
> the type for Coke (as discussed in Tom Murray's classic paper in
> Names), although I suspect it would be less regionally determined.

FWIW, for me, to FedEx (which i use spoken or written, and written i
capitalize it like that) *is* simply to send something express, no
matter whether it's sent FedEx, UPS, USPS, or using some other company.

Of course, my generic for a sweetened carbonated beverage is coke and
for photocopying is to xerox (neither written capitalized).

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