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    #1

    a pocket tissue/tissue/a pocket of tissue

    Hi,

    1. Can I have a pocket of tissue?
    2. Can I have tissue (paper)?
    3. Can I have a pocket tissue?

    Which one should I say in a grocery store? I think sentence 3 is used but cannot make sure of the others.

    Thanks.

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    Re: a pocket tissue/tissue/a pocket of tissue

    Do you want to blow your nose?

    'Can I have a tissue, please?'

    What has being in a grocery store got to do with it?

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    #3

    Re: a pocket tissue/tissue/a pocket of tissue

    Can I have a packet of tissues, please?

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    #4

    Re: a pocket tissue/tissue/a pocket of tissue

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    What has being in a grocery store got to do with it?
    I will buy.

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    #5

    Re: a pocket tissue/tissue/a pocket of tissue

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    I will want to buy tissues.
    As far as I know, grocery stores don't sell single tissues so you would need to say "Can I have a packet of tissues?" or "Can I have a box of tissues?"

    This is a packet of tissues:



    This is a box of tissues:

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails packet of.jpg   box of.jpg  
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    #6

    Re: a pocket tissue/tissue/a pocket of tissue

    With #2, tissue paper means something different to me- it's for packing and wrapping things, not for blowing your nose on.

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    Re: a pocket tissue/tissue/a pocket of tissue

    Tissue paper:

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    #8

    Re: a pocket tissue/tissue/a pocket of tissue

    It's a confusing term, because it is used so widely for so many different things. It can refer to facial tissues, the decorative wrapping paper mentioned above, and even toilet paper.

    I tend to use 'Kleenix' for the first, even if it's not actually Kleenix brand. It's one of those genericized trademarks or proprietary epoynms, where the brand name has become a common noun. At least in the US, you could as for a box/packet of kleenix, and get what you wanted, even if they didn't happen to carry Kleenix brand.

    Interestingly enough, I can't think of any other paper product this is true for.
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    Re: a pocket tissue/tissue/a pocket of tissue

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Kleenix brand.
    Kleenex

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    Re: a pocket tissue/tissue/a pocket of tissue

    I don't agree that the same term is used for all those things. The word "tissue" is shared between them but there is almost always another word attached to it to indicate what you're talking about.

    The thing you blow your nose on is a tissue or a pocket tissue.
    The stuff you use to wrap presents etc is tissue paper.
    The stuff you use in the bathroom is toilet tissue, toilet paper, or toilet roll.

    As Piscean indicated, the brand name which is used generically in some countries is "Kleenex". This is not used in the UK. The brand is, of course, sold here but it's never been used as a generic term for tissues. Not so long ago, at a yoga class, an American girl leaned over to me and whispered "Do you have a ...?" I had to ask her to repeat herself three times before I finally realised she was saying "Kleenex". Had she said "Do you have a tissue?", I'm pretty sure I'd have understood her the first time.
    The same goes for the little sticky thing you pop on a small cut on your body. While on holiday in the States a couple of decades ago, someone asked me "Do you have a [unintelligible to me]?" Again, after three or four attempts, I finally realised she was asking me for a "Band-Aid". I had never heard the brand name used as a generic term until that day. In the UK, it's just "a plaster".
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