6 hours ago
22 March, 2009
It's been an ongoing thing for quite some time.
When I was younger, I knew that the ever-strong sticky material, good for fixing anything, was known as duct tape, as in, tape for sealing ducts. After a while, I also noticed that one brand had taken the opportunity to make the substance adorable, calling it duck tape, and adding a cute little feathered friend on to the label. Fine.
But time has gone on, and I've noticed more and more brands using the duck tape name. What can I do - it makes me a bit uncomfortable. I'm sure that there's a copyright involved somewhere, and seemingly, it's being ignored. That's just me - I have a hard time with breaking laws...
But now, ACE Hardware here in Israel has solved the dilemma for us, as was pointed out to me by a friend (who for some reason wishes to remain anonymous):
Hmm, I'm not sure if you can see it from here, but feel free to click on the photo, and it will enlarge. There, in lovely Hebrew, the sticker reads:
(a direct transliteration of masking tape)
Ha! See, no conflict any more - masking tape is good enough for us! This somehow makes me think of the Israeli tendency to call all kinds of cereal "cornflakes." What kind of cornflakes are you eating today? Ah, Cocoa Puffs! So maybe the idea is that duct tape fits into the more general masking tape category?
Or maybe it's just a mistake :)
Posted by toby at 23:01