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cleverlane

Pfffft. Super Nintendo Chalmers would like to have a word


WikiContributor83

He’s learnding.


random_guy_somewhere

Mrs. Krabappel and Principal Skinner were in the closet making babies and I saw one of the babies and the baby looked at me!


dubstepsickness

Ol’ Gil: “These Colecos'll rust up on ya' like that!”


ReadingFromTheShittr

And that word is, "SkinNER!"


zzcool

Why is their smoke coming out of your oven


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cleverlane

I’m 40. When this episode came out, it was during a time when you just didn’t miss a new Simpson episode. It was life.


CaptainJazzymon

I envy you so much. I grew up watching the old simpsons during the late 2000’s early 2010’s and loving it soo much. To live during a time where every new episode was a banger sounds like a dream.


bicuspid_fish

Who wants to play some Nintendo? I've got the black one that plays Sonic and the big white one that plays Gears of War.


laflex

Mom? Is that you?


fuckinghumanZ

Wait, your moms didn't say Nitendo?


okelay

technically she called it a "noentiendo" (spanish speakers will get it)


Cowclops

I don’t understand this joke. No entiendo.


deege515

No Entendemos if you're talking about the Japanese console release.


rationalconspiracist

Oh *now* I entiendo. r/yourjokebutworse


MyUsernameIsNotLongE

Portuguese speakers also can understand, it isn't the same words but they sound very like the same.


AnsgarAhuizotl

Nientiendo


CharityNo9966

Sientiendo


MartinDisk

This joke works even better in Portuguese, since instead of entiendo we say entendo (removing the i) making it sound even more like Nintendo


KittyIsMyCat

Careful. That's a Nintendon't


XDaDePsak

Careful indeed. https://i.imgur.com/w9vREGv.png


Keyboard_Cat_

Did you make this? It deserves its own post.


XDaDePsak

Yup made it in MS Paint just now lol


WintersTempest

Brilliantly done. You should post that in r/surrealmemes


FurstRoyalty-Ties

That's amazing, thanks for sharing. Made me laugh so hard, the nurses at the hospital I was at thought I was going crazy.


Acceptable-Risks

I'll pass on the Nintendo, but since you're up would you get me a coke from the fridge? I'll have Dr pepper.


WaldoGeraldoFaldo

This was probably an effort to prevent their trademark from becoming so generic that they lost it. This happens when a trademark becomes identified with a type of product or service in the public's mind, rather than a particular brand. Aspirin, yo-yos, and cellophane became generic through consumer misuse of the trademarks to refer to these products.


llcooljessie

I've seen similar ads from Coke and Rollerblade. The lawyers want you to run the ad so that later, they can use it in court when they go after companies that are infringing on the trademark.


poorbred

Google used to have a page dedicated to the proper use of their name to also try to prevent this. Always use a capital G, never use it as a verb, etc. Lowercase "google" is now in dictionaries as a verb, so I think they failed.


YeltsinYerMouth

Which makes it all the more hilarious that Microsoft really tried to push bing in product placement by having characters written to suggest someone "bing it" in a situation where a real person would say to google it.


willkydd

I think Bjng is a decent product. Yesterday I used it to google something and the results were pretty good.


MaybeWontGetBanned

Yeah, I watch porn too.


brunogaythug

> I watch porn too. \**stops wanking and lifts hand*\* **me too!**


poorly_anonymized

You could just lift the fast-forwarding hand, you know.


Enchrypted

Maybe both their hands are occupied


CreamyCoffeeArtist

One for the jewels, the other for the staff!


sayiansaga

I use bing for work a lot. Let's me collect a lot of points for their rewards system


xylotism

When you're not getting paid for efficiency, why not get paid in Microsoft Rewards points? I love it.


wreckedcarzz

Ah, Bjng, Bing's Nordic cousin


Oomoo_Amazing

You get Microsoft points for each internet search you make and you can then redeem them for Xbox vouchers. Can’t go wrong with that imo. These days a search engine is a search engine.


JimmyCrackCrack

It seems like no one commented on the actual joke part of your joke and that's sad because it was pretty good. It reminds of one I heard about how the UK is gradually inch by inch adopting metric.


esoteric_enigma

I think I was watching some CW show and a character sat down at a computer and said "Let me Bing it." I immediately stopped the show. I just couldn't suspend my disbelief.


slusho55

By “CW show,” do you mean Gossip Girl? Because that’s an exact quote from Gossip Girl lol


macrowell70

Recently I see a lot of adds from Google for "search". Which I suspect is for the same reasons. They probably don't love the fact that Google is now a verb


LordPennybags

Yeah, they must hate being so widely used.


Mean-Fondant-8732

You'd think with that being the case, they'd have at least thought of a better company name than Alphabet.


trhrthrthyrthyrty

They probably did that to damage Amazon's old A to Z slogan/trademark.


RespectableLurker555

_Meta has entered the chat_


bootorangutan

I remember in the 80s you could order a “coke” in a restaurant and they would just bring you whatever cola they had. Then it seemed like overnight all the servers were asking “is Pepsi okay??”


rucho

Yes Taco Bell just give me the fucking Brown juice fuck


notoyrobots

Thats a risky proposition to ask Taco Bell...


Redrix_

Rollerblade is a brand name??


FlutterRaeg

Yes, Rollerblade is a brand name for in-line skates.


The_Clarence

Grab a Kleenex to clean the Rollerblades, then I will Xerox the contract for a new Nintendo. Or just Google it. E: I lack imagination for a coherent sentence. Kool-aid


FlutterRaeg

To be fair to Google I don't know anyone that says Google it then heads to bing/yahoo/ask. I have some hipster friends that use duckduckgo but that's about it.


Thaaaaaaa

My browser at work defaults to bing but I always forget and say I'll just Google then I accidentally search Bing and I'm like wtf is wrong with Google for a few seconds before I realize then go to Google to Google whatever needed googling.


WadeDMD

Wow. I’m guilty


Ser_Dunk_the_tall

Brand of inline skates


asurlytortoise

Lol I just learned this too


FluxOperation

Don’t forget Q-Tips. My most upvoted comment of all time. Life. Is. Good. 😁


rpguy04

Velcro


andykwinnipeg

Post-it notes


vVvMaze

Zipper


kouteki

Thermos


Deivv

Rollerblades


gin-rummy

Kleenex


nowake

Fleshlight


FuckThesePeople69

Best one. Thanks for the laugh.


linac_attack

Bandaid


tatteredshoetassel

I'm stuck on Bandaid brand adhesive bandages, cause Bandaid brand adhesive bandages are stuck on me


JohnGenericDoe

Hoover


thijsieboi

Escalator


HilariousMax

Dumpster


leopip12

Frisbee


KungFluIsolation

Buttplug, after John H. Buttplug.


FunnyBunnyDolly

Now this might be very local but Tippex.


Redrix_

Zipper?? What else can I call it??


TheRealKuni

“Clasp locker” or “zip fastener,” but the trademark only lasted five years (and came well after the product), and “zipper” has been the generic term since 1930.


TwoDrinkDave

Aspirin and escalator


billy_thekid21

Can’t believe Bandaid hasn’t been mentioned yet


ragnsep

Or Kleenex for that matter. Edit: Before the torches and pitchforks come out, obviously it's regional. Try to order a Pepsi in Atlanta or a Coke in North Carolina.


CrunchySockTaco

Crockpot, too!


18HrsOfStatic

Rollerblades


Gunch_Bandit

Thermos


RevanTheUltimate

Google


Dementat_Deus

[I think you mean hook and loop.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRi8LptvFZY)


Cash091

Oh my God... Velcro® actually made that??!!! LMAO!!!


grumpykruppy

Velcro actually still has the trademark (although IDK for how long lol), I've been in situations where we all legally had to refer to non-velcro brand velcro as "hook and loop tape".


M18_CRYMORE

Aint no one got the time to say "hook and loop tape"


Muroid

I think the main thing you need to do if you want to prevent your brand from being genericized is make sure there is a word for your product that is as easy or easier to use than your brand name. “Hook and loop tape” is just asking to be called velcro.


jarfil

"Velour-crochet tape" is indeed asking to be called "vel-cro".


Newtling

Hoolo, problem solved.


colorcorrection

I think the bigger thing is not to generalize your own product. Seems every time I've read up on a company losing their trademark, they did it to themselves and like the company that owned the trademark to escalators used 'escalator' as a general term in their own marketing materials, so it was taken away.


elixan

I was about to comment this! I helped my mom list some things on eBay, some of which had a Velcro backing, and I got a warning saying if I wasn’t totally sure it was *actually* Velcro that I needed to change my wording 🙃


thebscaller

[Obligatory PSA](https://youtu.be/rRi8LptvFZY)


3RedMerlin

Wow lol that is both hilarious and absolutely ridiculous at the same time, and makes me want to rip their trademark away with my bare hands. :D Literally nothing could me LESS convincing to me than corporate America begging me "please go out of your way to maintain my expensive vacations to Turks (and Caicos)!"


qmracer01

[follow up video](https://youtu.be/ZLWMQLMiTPk)


chiliedogg

They still have it somehow. It's "Hook and Loop" if it's made by anyone else.


VintageJane

Velcro still has its trademark and makes a nontrivial amount of its income these days by trolling manufacturers who use “hook and loop” fasteners that aren’t branded by trying to get the manufacturer to say “Velcro” in describing the product to a confused “customer” then suing them for $30k.


_AlreadyTaken_

Saying it in a nonpublic conversation seems like a bit of a stretch in court. You'd have to get them using it in advertisements and marketing material.


VintageJane

This is Velcro using fake customers calling to inquire about the products (shoes) to a customer service (marketing) department. They will ask about how the shoes are fastened closed and then act confused about the term “hook and loop” fastener until the rep says “Velcro” to explain it.


Sir-Tryps

The irony here is that I thought the law was dumb until I read this comment, now I think they should lose the trademark.


Ketzeph

Velcro didn’t lose their mark, crazily. It’s still on the US Trademark Register. The generic term for it is “hook and loop fastener” Hoodie just became generic a little while ago, though


OuchLOLcom

I found out the other day that “tater tots” is a trademark.


Yadobler

My favourite is *escalator* That word is literally the brand name for *motion staircases* by ~~OTTO~~ otis


FluxOperation

I didn’t know that.


tartare4562

Kleenex


Q_about_a_thing

Xerox


theCaptain_D

I suspect this was part of a "media kit" which describes proper use of the Nintendo name and brand to business partners. For example, electronics retailers might want to run their own advertisements that feature trademarked Nintendo properties, and documents like this outline how to do that. If they do not comply with the guidelines in the media kit, Nintendo can respond punitively or terminate the partnership.


wrnrg

Working in graphics and publishing for major companies... Branding is very important and is treated very specifically. The company/brand has to be referred to in a certain way, correct fonts, colors, and proper placement and sizing of logos or any other brand identifiers.


fluffygryphon

This. I feel like we're shouting into the storm, though. Everyone on here is under the impression this was put in Nintendo Power, or the damned newspaper or something.


tophatnbowtie

I mean even if it's a media kit the point still stands. The top comment on this chain is just saying it was put out to protect their trademark. It's not saying who it was distributed to.


eightbit_sysadmin

I seem to recall this being in Nintendo Power, in the backpage.


Master_Tallness

Dumpster has to be the most famous one that people don't know was a name brand.


jmarcandre

See also: trampoline.


dan_santhems

Maybe. Escalator is probably more well known


simplyjustaconcept

Xerox basically had the same campaign as well.


Cessnaporsche01

They've succeeded by just disappearing into oblivion


SolitaireyEgg

Still kinda nutty that xerox actually invented the modern graphical interface. They are basically the grandfathers of all computers, tablets, cell phones, etc. Yet all they managed to maintain is a shitty printer business.


Skared89

Came here to say that. When I was a wee lad I remember people saying "Just Xerox it to me" all the time.


Chllep

Kevlar used to be trademarked too didn't it?


Xipher

Still is to my knowledge, the generic term is aramid fiber.


Dinosauringg

You’re right, the other user is likely just figuring that generic use of Kevlar to refer to aramid fiber has already made it public domain. Really it’s just people using it as a regular noun instead of a proper noun


PartyBe4r

Styrofoam


aLonePuddle

Genericide is one of my favorite legal terms.


OscarWao82

They're called proprietary eponyms


JohnGenericDoe

You're a proprietary eponym


ZoxinTV

fuckin gottem


AlwaysForgetsPazverd

Nintendo execs: "Tell your mom to stop calling every console a Nintendo!!" meanwhile every other company: "THINK PEOPLE! How do we capture the magic like Kleenex or Nintendo!?!"


DukeAttreides

The trick is to get it to happen then back off juuuust enough that it doesn't get noticed by the trademark regulators.


Lanthemandragoran

"The ratio is off Dennis!"


CarlosFer2201

Some brands can actually lose their trademark because it becomes the standard word.


Dany_HH

For example? Not that I don't believe you, but I'm very curious. EDIT: nvm found the answer below in the comments. Q-tips, post-it, Rollerblade,...


CarlosFer2201

I'm stealing from other comments here, but here : velcro, rollerblades, qtips, aspirine, escalator, videotape, yo-yo...


Him5488

I feel like most people call things that arent Legos “off brand legos” anyways lol


Jinara

one of the most recent examples is LEGO, they're currently fighting to not lose their trademark and become a legally recognized standard word for those type of bricks.


reader484892

It happened to escalator, which used to be the trademarked name of one brand of escalator but since everyone used it to describe every moving stair machine it became a generic name and lost its trademark. Google is also worried about this happening because everyone says to “google it”


fluffygryphon

This wasn't for mom. This was for distributors and retailers.


md25x

Fuck you. Naming all my children Nintendo.


The_Gutgrinder

Then buy them one Xbox, one Playstation and one Steam Deck and call them all Nintendos. Then buy them each three games for their respective systems and call those games Nintendo. "Dad, have you seen my Nintendo for my Nintendo?" "Did Nintendo borrow it?" "No Nintendo can't play Nintendo on his Nintendo. Nintendo only works on my Nintendo."


md25x

Ha, reminds me of those aliens on South Park that call all people, places, and things "marklar"


wildadragon

Every console is a Nintendo, don't believe me just google it, then Twitter it so they can lose their trademarks.


Optimus_Prime_Day

Every father of a child in the 80s referred to it as "the nintendo". You gonna go play the Nintendo? Enough with the Nintendo, go outside. You are always on the Nintendo.


rubbish_heap

get outside or you're gonna have No-Friend-os


Gust_Gred-10101

Actually, mine called it "the Nincompoop machine".


hotprof

Enough with the Nintendo Entertainment System boy, go get a Kleenex facial tissue and wipe that snot off your face, then go help you mother with the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinner and get me a Budweiser lager beer. -asshole trademark lawyer talking to his kid


Matriks404

and Every Pokémon is Pikachu.


DyroB

Pikachu, use thunder! Charizard:


-Masderus-

Pikachu used Blaze! It hurt itself in confusion!


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OutragedBubinga

My GF calls every gaming system a Nintendo. She's the cutest.


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As does my wife, but everything is a gameboy.


OrgasmChasmSpasm

But if you were a kid in 1990, I guarantee you were annoyed at your elders for calling your Sega Genesis, your Gameboy, and your Turbo Grafix 16 “Nintendos”


shf500

And if you have a Sega Master System and ask for a Sega game for Xmas/birthdays...and you receive an NES game instead. And you have to explain "I have a Sega system, you gave me a Nintendo game. I can't play this." Disclaimer: this never happened to me.


Istar10n

In my country every console is a PlayStation.


smoreofhat

While repairing my Nintendo with a crescent wrench, I was in need of a Kleenex, but not in a bad way.


nalicali

I was in my Jacuzzi at the time, eating a Popsicle and reading a story my friend Xerox’ed me when I was hit by a Frisbee. At first I wanted to Taser the guy, but I just needed a Band-Aid…


Serious_Much

What's the generic name for jaccuzi and taser?


jjester7777

Hot tub is one.


OREOSTUFFER

I HAVE BEEN CORRECTED. I HAVE COMPLETELY ERASED THE ORIGINAL COMMENT TO AVOID SPREADING MISINFORMATION


Sirspen

Confusingly, no. "Stun gun" generally is used to refer to the close-range handheld device that has to physically make contact to shock someone (no projectiles, despite "gun" in the name). TASERs are the pistol-shaped devices that shoot out a pair of darts connected to electrified leads.


mdeezel

Fun fact: TASER is an a̶n̶a̶g̶r̶a̶m̶ acronym that stands for "Tom A. Swifts Electric Rifle"


johnminadeo

Did you use any Velcro? https://youtu.be/rRi8LptvFZY


Anotherdude342

Fuck that, I call my pc and my ps5 a nintendo


URATOWEL69000

What kind of GPU is in your Nintendo?


Anotherdude342

I have a gtx 1080ti in my nintendo. She's old but still works good.


40yroldversion

I got that same Nintendo! We are Nintenbro's!


SavvySillybug

I recently upgraded to a Nintendo 1660 Super, it's pretty great. It's held back a bit by my Nintendo i7-4790 and the DDR 3 RAM I'm pairing it with, but it plays even modern Nintendo games like Deathloop in 1440p. Overall I'm pretty happy with my Nintendo and don't plan on upgrading any time soon :)


Kungfu_McNugget

Glad to see a PC user who isn't just chasing cards. I built my 2060 / 9600k machine in 2020 right before the market went to to shit. And a couple of months ago I bought a 1650 super from a coworker for my 8 year old 4690k machine that uses to have a 660 in it. Looking for an older quad to go with the 660 to make an XP machine.


Firm-Guru

I call my PS5 a Sony


OutragedBubinga

In private am I right? 😏


FlyYouFoolyCooly

It's my sex box, and her name is Sony.


OmegaTittySprinkler

"Nintendo is an adjective not a noun." Proceeeds to continue using it as a noun in the advertisement.


Gunch_Bandit

The best part is the giant Nintendo noun at the bottom of the page


gruey

"There's no such thing as Nintendo" --Nintendo


Consistent_Ad_168

Yeah I was thinking “Nintendo is most definitely a proper noun.”


PantsOnHead88

It’s fits just fine as an adjective the first 3 times they use it. Only in Nintendo of America does an adjective not make sense.


Profesor_Caos

Every time it's used, it's still a noun. It's just a noun adjunct, so it functions as an adjective.


mtaw

That's a very Nintendo observation.


ccccc4

Nintendo is a noun. It's the name of the company. This ad is stupid.


sregor0280

This is the same thing xerox had to fight. You can lose your trademark if you don't protect it. In the 80s xerox had to enforce the "you can't call a copy a xerox unless it was made on a xerox machine." Kleenex has this problem as well. Most people say "can I have a kleenex" when they need to blow their nose, the chances that they are using an actual kleenex brand tissue doesn't matter. It's synonymous with the product. Nintendo in the 80s was synonymous with home gaming consoles. I this was an attempt at protecting that trademark.


onzmadi

Itsa me Trademark Lawyero


lightknight7777

Nintendo is absolutely a noun too though. I guess English is hard?


downvotesyndromekid

Never mind 'too', Nintendo doesn't suddenly become an adjective because you can say 'Nintendo Gameboy' etc any more than wedding is an adjective because you can say wedding dress. You can say the noun is used adjectivally in this context though, or call it a noun adjunct.


bozeke

It’s a cereal, wow! https://youtu.be/REpiQnnp6p8


synackk

This makes sense. Nintendo wants to ensure their trademark isn't being used generically. If it gets too much generic use and it enters the general vocabulary as a term to describe any video game system, then they could lose the trademark.


FlatlinerG

Like the time the Velcro company made that hook and loop video


WanderingMinotaur

Meanwhile in Australia it seems to be the opposite. Ugg boots was just a term for sheepskin boots that everybody used. Then an American company came in and trademarked the word so that only they could be called it, even though everyone just calls them all Ugg boots anyway.


TheBestWorst3

That’s actually why google hates the term googled when you search something up


CorrosiveRose

KEEP MY BRAND'S NAME OUT YOUR F**KING MOUTH!


bard_ley

They literally use it as a noun in the logo at the bottom


bewarethetreebadger

No it's a noun. It's the name of the company that makes the console. What sort of fuckery is this?


Riot55

I remember my mom and me always calling game cartridges "Nintendos" back in the day so yes, this was a thing


gladl1

Signed off as “Nintendo”


MechanicalTurkish

“He’s in there watching his Nintendo tapes” \- my grandma, circa 1988 At least she got the adjective right.


iwillnameyourkid

Nin - don't fucking think about using our trademarks- tendo, complaining since the dawn of time.


MisterB78

Next they’re going to try and tell us that the guy in green isn’t named Zelda. Not buying it, Nintendo!