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Kleenex

blending; noun
A specific brand of tissue; a general name for tissues
 
The brand name Kleenex was coined after the earlier brand Kotex. Kotex is said to derived from "cotton" and "texture," hinting that the product was soft like cotton. "Kleen" is a creative spelling of "clean." -Ex is likely just a created add-on. Perhaps it could be a new suffix for brand names, like Celebrex and Clerex. Kleenex has been widened to include all tissues in such a way that people come use the name of two competing brands while trying to specify one. (See example in Source.)
Etymology : Clean from Old English clæne; Kotex from the brand made in the 1920s - Etymology from etymonline
Source : Friend. "Get me some Angel Soft Kleenex at Target." (9/25/2013)
Last modified: 12 December 2013


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