Do you always blow your nose on a Kleenex®, put a Band-Aid® on your boo-boo, dunk your Oreos® in milk, or take Pepto Bismol® for an upset stomach?
Some brand names were so ingrained in my head as a kid that to this day I still call certain products by their brand names even if the tissues, bandages, chocolate sandwich cookies, or pink bismuth were manufactured by a different brand.
Do you do this too? What are some examples of successful brainwash marketing in your neck of the woods?
Other common ones down our way include Tippex for any white-out paint, Durex for any brand of prophylactic and Tampax for that kind of feminine hygiene product. Clearly something about having an "x" on the end.
But I'd say the most widespread is Hoover, as mentioned above. It's become a verb as well as a common noun.
I've never understood what the Americans see in Oreos, I've tried them a couple of times & was really unimpressed. And being a life long biscuit-aholic, I know a thing or two about biscuits (& what they do to your waistline!).
"This process is known as Hoovering up the carpet, due to the fact that the Hoover was first on the market. Had the Goblin been first on the market, I'd be Goblining up the carpet." (Are You Being Served?)