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Calling a Roadster a "Tesla"

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by AnOutsider, May 26, 2009.

  1. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Nooooice.


    I have a quick offtopic gripe though. A lot of people keep saying "Tesla". "I just got my Tesla", "I took my Tesla for a ride"... shouldn't it be Roadster? I mean sure the Model S isn't out yet, but when it IS there's gonna be some confusion.

    No one says I took my Volkswagen out today on a VW forum ;)
     
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    Don't we say Kleenex when we mean tissue? And Xerox when we mean copy ? I am sure there are many more ... Coke when we mean soda or Pepsi ...
     
  3. TEG

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    Sometimes tradenames get lost into generic terminology like Bayer's Aspirin.
    (Actually I think if you capitalize it then it is a tradename, but if lower case it is generic).
     
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    I am not overly worried about confusion. People will begin using the correct terminology as other models get closer to reality.

    People called the DMC-12 the DeLorean. The Tucker 'Torpedo' sedan was just as frequently called the "Tucker" and probably many other small automotive companies just known by their name until there were more models to confuse the issue.

    Eventually, the "Tesla" we know today or the "Roadster" as it is supposed to be called, may eventually be known as the "Roadster Mark 1" or the "Lithium Roadster" or something as future revisions of that model occur.
     
  5. vfx

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    I agree and would point out that we have all been calling the Roadster the a Tesla up to the time of the Model S announcements became serious.
    Figure we here are about 6 months to a year ahead on the knowledge curve compared to the public and 1 to 3 months ahead of the mainstream press. They will all catch up and we will have something else to whine about.

    "Just about the time you are sick of hearing a song is when the listeners begin to know it exists."
    -My Community College Radio teacher, a 15 year Top-40 veteran
     
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    I agree and would point out that we have all been calling the Roadster the a Tesla up to the time of the Model S announcements became serious.
    Figure we here are about 6 months to a year ahead on the knowledge curve compared to the public and 1 to 3 months ahead of the mainstream press. They will all catch up and we will have something else to whine about.

     
  7. AnOutsider

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    quoting yourself for emphasis vfx?

    And all good points, but as I said, we are at the point where Tesla has more than one model floating about (though one is more or less a prototype at this point). *Shrug* just a gripe of mine.

    As for aspirin, people don't say I'm going to take a "Bayer", they say Aspirin, which would be the actual name of the medication you are taking ( I believe Aspirin is no longer trademarked and is a generic name)
     
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    It depends on where you live.

    Aspirin: Trademark in most countries
    Bayer stretched their trademark muscles some years back and I saw some packages in the store change to say things like "generic pain reliever (compare to Aspirin*)"


    And don't forget all the fuss to rebrand so called Champagne as "Sparkling Wine".
    C-Ville: Features - Virginia's so-called Champagne
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champagne_(wine)
     
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    I always speak of my 2004 MINI Cooper as "my MINI" or "the MINI" There are 9 versions of the MINI. Someone could be confused...but it is life. If they have questions they will ask and I will be more than willing to explain which Tesla I drive or which MINI....

    Similarly...

    "The Bimmer"

    "The Cedes"

    "The Jeep"

    I hear all of these on a regular basis. Most of the time it stimulates more conversation....never a bad thing...
     
  10. AnOutsider

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    In the way you're using it, that sounds more like when you're talking to people in general conversation. In such cases I also will say "I drove the Audi"... However, if I were on an Audi forum... I think I'd make the model distinction.

    Again, not a big deal, just something I noticed and a mod made it into its own thread. People will still say it, and it will still irk me.
     
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    "Honey, can you please grab me a Kleenex. I spilled some Coke on the seat of the Tesla while I was trying to find a place for my Ray Bans while eating a Big Mac. While you're at it can you bring me the Xerox I made of the oweners manual and the Windex so I can also clean the windows while I re-program the Genie to open the gate."
     
  12. vfx

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    And have you seen my Crescent wrench? I think I saw it next to the Tivo. When we finish we can put on our Speedos and take a Jacuzzi.
     
  13. TEG

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    Can't I just Google it on my Blackberry?
     
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    #14 AnOutsider, May 29, 2009
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    Since when does anyone use those words generically? Not in this part of the woods. And again, you're naming specific products instead of the companies that made them. Nice stab at humor though.

    *edit* taken from another post on this board:

    So he called the Roadster a Tesla, but called his GT the Ford GT instead of the Ford. I bet if the sentence had been reversed he would've said "The roadster had an issue as well and Tesla took..." since saying Tesla twice would just be silly :)
     
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    I don't know anyone who says. "Open end adjustable spanner" instead of "Crescent wrench" That company has a lot of products. (too lazy to actually find and insert a link here)
     
  16. AnOutsider

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    Correct, but I didn't bold crescent wrench :)
     
  17. TEG

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    Around here I see it all the time. Someone could say "Google it on your Blackberry" and the other person would pull out their iPhone and fire up Safari.

    I hear people say "why don't you TiVo it", and someone goes home and programs their generic cable DVR in response.

    They don't even both to correct the fact that they are using a different brand of product with similar functionality.
     
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    Whoops, sorry. I missed the subtlety.
     
  19. AnOutsider

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    True, true fair enough. Around here people just say DVR-it, but I have seen people just say TiVo it

    yeah, that's what happens when things get into the hands of the masses. Taking this further, I wonder if EVs are one day popular, if people will just start calling all EVs by the brand that first made them popular (Tesla, Aptera, Fisker etc)
     

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