Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Someone Should Tell the New York Times that "Trademark" is not a Verb

Today's New York Times crossword puzzle gave me a bit of a shock! Clue 37 across: "Trademarked citrus." That's an ugly word usage if there ever was one. As we all know, "trademark" is not a verb. It's a noun. Perhaps the clue should have been "Registered trademark for a citrus?"

UGLI fruit sections

UGLI is a registered trademark of Cabel Hall Citrus Limited of the Cayman Islands. See Reg. No. 2,046,884. The fruit is a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine.

Text Copyright John L. Welch 2009.


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