Top 10 Words of the '00s

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Internet mavens led the way, but soon almost everyone turned this brand into a verb. As a result, it entered the exclusive club of trademarks that are used generically.

Xerox, jeep, kleenex, dumpster : meet the new overachiever.

Example:

Several years ago when I was living in Washington, I met a man the old-fashioned way: tipsily, in a bar. Then I ruined my chances with him the new-fashioned way. I Googled him.

—┬áNew York Times, September 2008

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