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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by ColbertNation, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    OK, so Popsicle is a trademark. Can I lowercase it to mean any frozen, juice-flavored treat, or do I have to come up with something else?
  2. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Technically, no, same as you couldn't lowercase Coke to mean any cola-flavored beverage.
  3. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    That's what I figured. Suggestions, then?
  4. Jay Sherman

    Jay Sherman Member

    Ice pop?
  5. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    Icy poles (Australian)

    Or maybe just "frozen treat"
  6. a_rosenthal

    a_rosenthal Guest

    Frozen treat?
  7. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Frozen treat on a popsicle stick?
  8. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    Or Popsicle stick? I went with frozen treat. I used a Kleenex, sorry, a tissue to wipe the sweat from my brow, and then treated myself to a bowl of Jell-O, sorry, gelatin dessert afterward.
  9. Jay Sherman

    Jay Sherman Member

    Who the hell eats non-Jello gelatin?
  10. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Just don't cut yourself unless you've got any Band-aids around.
  11. a_rosenthal

    a_rosenthal Guest

    In college I used to make non-Jello, gelatin shots. Saved me a little bit of money (looking back, it probably only saved me about .50 cents each party, but I was poor as shit).

    Plus, nobody noticed the difference. Or they were too drunk to notice the difference.
  12. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Not that it matters now, but I find "frozen treat" to be incredibly vague. That could mean anything from a Klondike bar to one of those frozen toasted almond things.

    It might just be me, but at no point to I think Popsicle. I'd go with ice pop as the best choice.
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