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Thumb drive

noun; zero derivation
An alternate name for a USB flash storage device.
 
The term of the proper noun "ThumbDrive" (one of the original, specific brands) was extended to include all USB drives--regardless of brand.
Etymology : Zero derivation from the original brand of USB flash drives called “ThumbDrive” produced by Singaporean Trek Technology.
Source : “I need to send you this PowerPoint but it’s too big for an e-mail attachment. Do you have a thumb drive?” –friend (December 2010)
Last modified: 9 December 2010


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