Generic Terminalogy eg Hoover / Kleenex
January 28, 2005 1:46 PM Subscribe
Kleenex = any facial tissue. Xerox = any copy machine. "There are thousands of Milky Ways out there."
What's the word for using the name of a specific thing to refer to all things in its class? It's metonymy, right, but is it synecdoche? Is it antonomasia? Help!
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