Tuesday, April 28, 2015

xerox

            The Post is for A to Z April 2015 Challenge, I took up a topic : 'X' for 'XEROX'




“I need five XEROX copies.”

“Please XEROX these pages.”

Have you used or heard these sentences ever? I am sure, most of us. I have heard and sometimes had to use too to refer to photocopy.…

But is it right to use the word XEROX to refer photocopy? Is it a verb or proverb or adjective? Does it belong to English Language? Though many dictionaries have the word XEROX listed in as a verb, it’s actually not verb. XEROX is not a word, it’s actually a name. XEROX is a trade name, the inventor or developer of the xerographic process. XEROX is one of the leading brands of photocopy machines, whereas others are Canon, Ricoh.  It became so popular that it became common name for photocopy machine. It’s like calling a refrigerator a Frigidaire.

Many regularly used tech words are now getting the official stamp of approval from English-language dictionaries. XEROX is one of them. So, I think we can use ‘XEROX’ to refer photocopy, isn’t it? What's say?

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