Straight Angle™: Syndrome!
Tuesday, December 06, 2005


Well, I know many of us say Xerox for photocoying. Infact, I never knew such a word photocopying existed, till some five years back. It had always been Xerox for me. I still use the word Xerox for photocopying. I know there are many more who use the word to mean the action. That was in the Yester-years.

So, what is becoming Generic like that, today?

Search - Google:
Here, offlate, I had seen that I use the word Google more to mean Search than anything. I had seen many people say, I googled for "X"...I googled for "Y"....etc. But, that is restricted to searching for something online. I wonder, will that extrapolate to the offline world too?

Search and Buy - Amazon:
I am increasingly reading notes, that say to "I wud have amazoned", to mean that he/she would have searched for it in net and bought it!!

These are the two words that I had come across..but if given a chance, I would add,

Gmailed it- to mean Email!
Bloggered it - to mean blogged!
Flickered it- to mean had posted some photos online!
delicioused it- to mean had bookmarked it online!
consumed it- to mean that I had read a book!
"Orkut"ing- Networking.
Yahoo'ing- Chatting.

Any more pointers from you?


Blogger Vanathi said...

Thinking about it...

12/07/2005 2:52 AM  
Blogger Krish said...

@Vanathi:Thanks for it...do share your thoughts here!:)

12/07/2005 8:14 AM  
Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

Think Googled is the only term in your list, I use.

Though I am able to relate to the rest, think I am not obsessed with the rest that much.. dont know whether it is an indication of me lagging behind in the "kaala chakkaram".

12/07/2005 2:22 PM  
Blogger DD said...

this reminds me of "uppu endraal Kristal" advertisement and the a few jokes that followed that ad! :)

12/07/2005 10:43 PM  
Blogger Krish said...

@Chakra:Chakra lagging behind in Kaala "Chakram":O...nice play of words!:)..but frankly, me too not obsessed..but there are more than enough indicators that, these services are defining the way their particular industry verticals operate..their influence on the way similar firms operate is tremendous..thats what made me coin those words!:)

@DD: Yeah..you remember that ad!..that was a nice piece of ad..really I too remember the jokes that sprung up around it!;)

12/07/2005 11:19 PM  
Blogger Kaps said...

I dunno how apt the following examples are -
People started using Bisleri as a substitute for water / mineral water.
Walkman was a sony product....but it was used in a generic context meaning a portable cassette player.
i think the same will happen to iPOD as well.
People say "I'll Fedex it" instead of saying I'll courier it.

12/12/2005 5:01 AM  
Blogger Krish said...

@Kaps: They are perfectly apt man! n I only marvel at the way these companies had identified a need and given a product that is both revolutionary and innovative.

12/13/2005 4:46 AM  

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