A trademark is used to identify and protect a product, or service from being used by others. Trademarks that become really well-known are sometimes used in the popular culture as a generic word. A good example is Coke -- if you want the brand "Coke" you would ask for it by name, but if you did not care about the brand you should ask for a "cola". Obviously a trademark as profitable as "Coke" is fiercely defended by the Coca-Cola company, but many famous trademarks have expired. This is either because the company that created them has disappeared, or has not renewed the trademark for some reason. Once a trademark expires and enters the public domain it can take on a more general meaning and may eventually be named a word.
This playlist includes 10 songs, one for each of the top 10 words that came from trademarks -- as selected by Merriam-Webster.
Playlist: Top 10 Words From Trademarks
1. Heroin - The Velvet Underground
2. Crunchy Granola Suite - Neil Diamond
3. Jungle Gym - Jack Johnson
4. Pablum On My Mind - Claw Hammer
5. Pogo Stick - Quincy Jones
6. Band Aid - Chet Baker
7. Ping Pong Over the Abyss - 77's
8. Moxie - The Stems
9. Mah Jongg - Jason Scheff
10. Thermos - Kung Fu Monkeys
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