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laundromat or Laundromat

Postby scw1217 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:33 pm

This word came up because Microsoft Word wanted to capitalize it and I wanted to know why. Turns out it was originally a Westinghouse brand name. I had no idea and simply thought it was a place where you can wash clothes by paying for use of the machines.

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— n
( US ), ( Canadian ), ( NZ ) trademark Launderette , Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): laundrette a commercial establishment where clothes can be washed and dried, using coin-operated machines


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laundromat
1943, originally a proprietary name by Westinghouse; from laundry + ending probably suggested by automat-. An earlier word for it in U.S. was washateria (1935).
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Re: laundromat or Laundromat

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:33 pm

I occasionally have to straighten out spell check with a right click.
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Re: laundromat or Laundromat

Postby Slava » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:54 am

Right clicks are good. Just beware of those wrong ones.

I had no idea this was ever a trade name. I wonder why Microslop is continuing to protect it?
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Re: laundromat or Laundromat

Postby scw1217 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:32 am

Slava wrote:I had no idea this was ever a trade name. I wonder why Microslop is continuing to protect it?


I wondered that same thing.
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Re: laundromat or Laundromat

Postby bnjtokyo » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:49 am

Although the Westinghouse trademark for "laundromat," stylized, has expired, there is currently an active trademark "LAUNDROMAT" in any font/style (Reg. No.3010429, Registered Nov 1, 2005). The goods are described as "Fragrance for personal use, room fragrance, cologne, bath oil, bath gel, body lotion, [ body cream, ] and soaps for personal use"

The people who prepared the dictionary for the spellchecker must have run a check against the USPTO trademark database and figured as conscientious information providers they had to treat it as the trademark it is.
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Re: laundromat or Laundromat

Postby scw1217 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:43 am

bnjtokyo wrote:Although the Westinghouse trademark for "laundromat," stylized, has expired, there is currently an active trademark "LAUNDROMAT" in any font/style (Reg. No.3010429, Registered Nov 1, 2005). The goods are described as "Fragrance for personal use, room fragrance, cologne, bath oil, bath gel, body lotion, [ body cream, ] and soaps for personal use"

The people who prepared the dictionary for the spellchecker must have run a check against the USPTO trademark database and figured as conscientious information providers they had to treat it as the trademark it is.


So you can smell like a laundromat?
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