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    Can I have a "Kleenex"?

    Dear all,

    As I learnt that ppl in some countries would say "Can I have a Kleenex?" instead of "Can I have a tissue?", I wanted to know which countries are commonly use the word "Kleenex" instead of "Tissue"? Please advise!

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    Re: Can I have a "Kleenex"?

    You will hear that in the US, but you will also hear "tissue."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Can I have a "Kleenex"?

    Kleenex is a brand name for a variety of paper-based products, oftenly used in United States. Kleenex products are manufactured in 30 countries and sold in more than 170, so you can get this product anywhere, most probably around USA.

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    Re: Can I have a "Kleenex"?

    How about in UK?

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    Re: Can I have a "Kleenex"?

    Quote Originally Posted by EngFan View Post
    How about in UK?
    'Kleenex' and 'tissue' are both commonly heard here.

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    Re: Can I have a "Kleenex"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Kleenex' and 'tissue' are both commonly heard here.

    Rover
    Really? I was just about to reply and say that we use "tissue" and some people say "paper handkerchief" but that "Kleenex" is not one of those brand names that has now become the generic name for a product.

    A few years ago, I was attending a talk when the American woman sitting next to me whispered something (in fact, she barely whispered it, she just mouthed it). I couldn't work out what it was so I asked her to repeat it. I managed to work out that it was "Do you have a ...?" but I couldn't fathom the third word. After two more attempts she pointed to her nose and gestured that she needed to wipe it. Aha! I reached into my bag and gave her a tissue. At the end of the meeting, I apologised to her for not knowing what she wanted and said "I'm still not really sure what you were actually saying at the end of the sentence." She looked surprised and said "I asked if you had a Kleenex", so I explained that that was why I hadn't been able to work it out, that I would expect the question "Do you have a tissue?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can I have a "Kleenex"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Really? I was just about to reply and say that we use "tissue" and some people say "paper handkerchief" but that "Kleenex" is not one of those brand names that has now become the generic name for a product.
    I'm with Rover. I never use the revolting things, which are not up to the blasting power of my conk, but I have often heard Brits with pathetic blows, sad little sneezes and indiscernible drips refer to 'Kleenex'.

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    Re: Can I have a "Kleenex"?

    Maybe I'm a conk-weed, but I use Kleenex sometimes in that sense.

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    Re: Can I have a "Kleenex"?

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    Hello, EngFan:

    Since you are a fan of English, may I most respectfully remind you of something: a Kleenex or kleenex does not

    exist in this world.

    A company called Kimberly-Clark works very hard to remind us that "Kleenex" is the name of a tissue that they make.

    The company is very upset when people say, "May I have a Kleenex/kleenex?"

    If you want to make them happy (and to obey trademark laws), you should ask:

    May I have a Kleenex tissue, please?

    ****

    Yes, in the "real world," few people add the word "tissue." But if you ever need to write such a sentence in a formal

    report, it would be wonderful if you made Kimberly-Clark happy. I have just wiped my nose with a Sofitelle facial tissue,

    not a Kleenex tissue.

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    Re: Can I have a "Kleenex"?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    A company called Kimberly-Clark works very hard to remind us that "Kleenex" is the name of a tissue that they make.
    And they fail dismally, as Hoover. Sellotape (in Britain) and many other companies failed. My mother proudly informed me once that she had bought a new Dyson hoover.
    The company is very upset when people say, "May I have a Kleenex/kleenex?"
    My hearts bleeds for them, and for the millions of dollars they make from our using their name for their mucus wraps.
    If you want to make them happy (and to obey trademark laws) and sound very unnatural, you should ask: May I have a Kleenex tissue, please?
    If you don't want to promote the name of the manufacturer, then I suggest you do the natural thing and ask for a tissue. If you do use the name 'Kleenex' in your oral request, you are not breaking any trademark laws.

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