Tuesday is my neighborhood trash pick-up day. I forgot to move my bin to the curb. … I almost forgot to post today’s ChanteSez Tip of the Day, too.
So, speaking of trash, did you know there’s a difference between “trash bin” and “Dumpster”? That difference is trademark.
Dumpster is capitalized since it is a trademarked brand. The rule is to use the trademarked brand only if it’s essential to your story, or if you’re aiming to add a detail that gives color to your piece. Otherwise, try to use a generic alternative.
Here are a few others:
- Thermos (if you’re referring to the particular brand name)
- Jet Ski
What is it if it’s not a Thermos?