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Jescissa
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Post by Jescissa » Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:10 am

English is a very weird language. In children's language we call it 'overextension' when a child calls all tissues 'kleenex' or all four-legged animals 'cat', conversely it is underextension when a child will only call one creature 'cat', even if s/he owns many cats! When it comes to whole groups of adults or cultures doing it, I don't know whether it is still overextension or if it's a whole condition itself!
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Post by Willow » Wed Nov 14, 2007 8:36 am

Or is it just really good marketing?
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Post by Jescissa » Wed Nov 14, 2007 8:48 am

Perhaps :lol: One of my favourite examples of overextension is the word 'durex' in the UK it refers to the manufacturer of condoms and in Australia it refers to the manufacturer of sticky tape :lol: But as with Kleenex, the brand name goes before the product!
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Post by Willow » Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:54 pm

Wouldn't want to confuse the uses of those two would you?
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Post by Jescissa » Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:00 pm

Yet another example of how a global registry of brands might be helpful! Although having a global monopoly on a name might not work out well in the long term!
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