Origin of Kleenexarbitrary alteration from clean + -ex, arbitrary suffix
A trademark for a soft facial tissue.
- (North America) A generic term for any type of disposable tissue.
- Could you hand me a kleenex? My nose is running.
From the name of brand of tissues trademarked by Cellucotton Products Company (now Kimberly-Clark) in 1924–25. Alteration of clean + -ex.
- This is because BlackBerry has somewhat become a genericized trademark, much like how some people refer to all cotton swabs as Q-Tips and all facial tissue as Kleenex.
- Boys will don skirts and stuff bras with Kleenex, girls will stipple pretend-whiskers and wear ridiculous baseball caps, and cavort and swagger down the halls.
- Also, regardless of whether you are cruising to a tropical locale or a colder climate, it's always a good idea to pack sunscreen, lip balm and Kleenex.
- For example, tissues are often referred to as Kleenex even if they are made by a different company.
- Take a moment to find a special card that speaks from the heart, and grab a box of Kleenex.