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32 Things You've Been Calling The Wrong Name

Some everyday items and things have become so widely used that their brand names have all but replaced their actual names. This is a list of those products and their popular brand names along with their actual, patented generic terms. Remember, not all bandages are band-aids and not all delicious frozen sugary treats are popsicles.

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  • 1. Bubble Wrap

    What it's actually called: Inflated Cushioning

  • 2. Dumpster

    What it's actually called: Front Loader Waste Container

  • 3. ChapStick

    What it's actually called: Lip Balm

  • 4. Lava lamp

    What it's actually called: Liquid Motion Lamp

  • 5. Frisbee

    What it's actually called: Flying Disc

  • 6. Hacky Sack

    What it's actually called: Footbag

  • 7. Adrenaline

    What it's actually called: Epinephrine

  • 8. Hula hoop

    What it's actually called: Toy Hoop

  • 9. Jet Ski

    What it's actually called: Stand-Up Personal Watercraft

  • 10. Band-Aid

    What it's actually called: Adhesive Bandage

  • 11. Jacuzzi

    What it's actually called: Whirlpool Bath

  • 12. Kleenex

    What it's actually called: Facial Tissue

  • 13. AstroTurf

    What it's actually called: Artificial Turf

  • 14. JumboTron

    What it's actually called: Large Screen Television

  • 15. Matchbox Car

    What it's actually called: Die Cast Toy

  • 16. Ping Pong

    What it's actually called: Table Tennis

  • 17. Onesies

    What it's actually called: Infant Bodysuit

  • 18. Chain gun

    What it's actually called: Motor Operated Machine Gun

  • 19. Velcro

    What it's actually called: Hook-and-loop Fastener

  • 20. Post-it

    What it's actually called: Sticky Note

  • 21. Q-tips

    What it's actually called: Cotton Swabs

  • 22. Super glue

    What it's actually called: Cyanoacrylate Adhesive

  • 23. Photoshop

    What it's actually called: Photo Manipulation

  • 24. Rollerblades

    What it's actually called: Inline Skates

  • 25. Saran Wrap

    What it's actually called: Plastic Wrap

  • 26. Speedo

    What it's actually called: Swim Briefs

  • 27. Popsicle

    What it's actually called: Ice Pop

  • 28. Super Heroes

    What it's actually called: Superhero. (The two-word version of the term is a trademark co-owned by DC Comics and Marvel Comics)

  • 29. Taser

    What it's actually called: Electroshock Weapon

  • 30. Walkman

    What it's actually called: Personal Stereo

  • 31. Wite-Out

    What it's actually called: Correction Fluid

  • 32. Styrofoam

    What it's actually called: Extruded Polystyrene Foam