Does Scotch tape refer to other brands?


#1

Does Scotch tape refer to any other brand of transparent adhesive tape? Or should it strictly be the Scotch brand? Similarly, if I scotch taped my drawings to the wall, does it mean that I used adhesive tape bearing Scotch brand to do the job.

Thanks.


#2

The 3M Corporation that makes Scotch tape may not like it, but “Scotch tape”, like Jello and Band-aid, has become a general use term. Native English speakers use it to refer to any brand of transparent adhesive tape.