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#100021 - 04/30/03 08:08 AM Re: Brand name troubles
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"Yousns"
dxb!!

Well, I never heard dish soap before. I call it dishwashing liquid, or by a brand name. But my English is kind of weird.


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#100022 - 04/30/03 09:09 PM Re: Brand name troubles
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Well, I knew what Zed meant. But in many bathrooms, er, washrooms, here, there is bar (or some other, usually decorative, shape) soap that actually IS in a dish--except for the folks who just let it reside on the edge of the sink--and we DON'T call that dish soap! I've gotten to where I say dishwashing liquid, as a way to keep the meaning separate from dishwasher detergent. From what I understand, woe betide the poor schmuck who puts dishwashing liquid in their automatic dishwasher. (Man, I hate my use of the word their, there! But couldn't bring myself to put 'his'.)


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#100023 - 05/01/03 12:38 AM Re: Brand name troubles
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In reply to:

From what I understand, woe betide the poor schmuck who puts dishwashing liquid in their automatic dishwasher. (Man, I hate my use of the word their, there! But couldn't bring myself to put 'his'.)


Jackie, if you can't bring yourself to use 'his' and don't like 'their', what's wrong with 'in an automatic dishwasher'? Presumably the unfortunate results (whatever they may be) will occur whether or not the shmuck in question owns the dishwasher.

Do you use 'woe betide' to mean any disastrous result? I've always heard it used to threaten swift punishment.

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#100024 - 05/01/03 08:40 AM Re: Brand name troubles
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I didn't use 'an', because a.) I didn't think to, because b.) it doesn't convey the meaning I wanted; it is not very likely that someone using a dishwasher in a home does not also own the dishwasher; and the disaster in a home would be emotionally worse than in, say, a restaurant.
Well, I never thought of or knew of woe betide meaning swift punishment, but I would consider having to clean up the resultant mess a punishment for being so sophomoric (hi, anchita) as to use dishwashing liquid in a dishwasher.


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#100025 - 05/01/03 10:53 PM Re: Brand name troubles
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Don't you ever help your relatives with the washing-up? I've loaded my parents' dishwasher on many an occasion.

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#100026 - 05/02/03 08:48 AM Re: Brand name troubles
Jackie Offline

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Actually, I load someone else's dishwasher on an average of once a year or less. Note that I didn't say "never"; I said "not very likely". My point was that I wanted to emphasize that the disaster would seem worse if: a.) there was only one person available to do the clean-up, and b.) if that person had messed up their own floor, countertop, etc. As opposed to, say, my having loaded and started my sister-in-law's dishwasher and waltzed home, only to hear later that I'd put dishwashing liquid in, and SHE had to clean up the mess. Therefore, had I put, "AN automatic dishwasher", my point would not have gotten across in the way I wanted it to. Sheesh!


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#100027 - 05/03/03 01:06 AM Re: Brand name troubles
Capfka Offline
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Akshully™,I've quite often seen the expression "stacked the dishwasher" in USn maunderings ... any of our tame USns use that one?


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#100028 - 05/03/03 08:14 AM Re: Brand name troubles
Faldage Offline
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tame USns

Tame USns!? Whereat??


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#100029 - 05/03/03 08:50 AM Re: Brand name troubles
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Oh, sorry. I meant housetrained. Anybody?


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#100030 - 05/03/03 04:39 PM Re: Brand name troubles
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Seeing Anna's mention of saying the actual brand name when referring to a household product (I do too, btw) reminded me of a book I happened across many years ago. It listed all of the brand names that have now become generic terms for products we use often. It was a very slim volume, and I cannot remember a single item listed, other than the one in the title: something about Aspirin.
It seems Aspirin was once an actual brand name, that we now use
generically.

I would like to see that little book again.....


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