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Lokarin
10/08/18 1:03:23 PM
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We call all mac and cheese "kraft dinner"

all tissues are kleenex, all adhesive bandages are bandaids, etc

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Now, this SEEMS like a universal thing, people just not caring about specificity - but I heard TWICE this last week that this is a mostly Canadian thing so IDK, I'm asking.
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TheCyborgNinja
10/08/18 1:08:58 PM
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It's a Canadian specific brand name.
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Zeus
10/08/18 1:14:35 PM
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Don't know. Can't remember hearing it called that while living there and didn't really eat much mac&cheese in the US other than when I was really young.
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Dikitain
10/08/18 1:17:38 PM
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I never heard the "kraft dinner" thing, but kleenex and bandaids are very common in the US. It is calling things by their brand name rather then their actual product name. It is pretty common everywhere.
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Johnny Eagle
10/08/18 1:37:06 PM
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TheCyborgNinja posted...
It's a Canadian specific brand name.


.....................................Kraft is a Canadian specific brand name? >_>
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Zangulus
10/08/18 1:38:27 PM
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Using brand names for generic products is a long time thing. Companies have tried to prevent it. Fridgidare tried suing to stop regridgerators from being called fridges.
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Zangulus
10/08/18 1:38:55 PM
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Johnny Eagle posted...
TheCyborgNinja posted...
It's a Canadian specific brand name.


.....................................Kraft is a Canadian specific brand name? >_>


No. Kraft Dinner is the Canadian specific brand name of that Kraft product.
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Nightengale
10/08/18 1:42:23 PM
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Lokarin posted...
We call all mac and cheese "kraft dinner"

idk about that, KD to me has always been the boxed stuff with the weird orange powder in it. i would not call a homemade mac and cheese KD

although i dont really know of any other brands of the boxed stuff
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VeeVees
10/08/18 3:47:08 PM
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I'm canadian and I've only heard people call it mac n cheese
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Golden Road
10/08/18 3:55:22 PM
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Jello, Jacuzzi, Dumpster, Frisbee, Popsicle, those kinds of "generic" words happen a lot in the US too.
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Ogurisama
10/08/18 4:18:38 PM
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Nightengale posted...
Lokarin posted...
We call all mac and cheese "kraft dinner"

idk about that, KD to me has always been the boxed stuff with the weird orange powder in it. i would not call a homemade mac and cheese KD

although i dont really know of any other brands of the boxed stuff

This, i have never heard anyone call home made mac and cheese kraft dinner
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dancer62
10/08/18 5:02:56 PM
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Barenaked Ladies " If I Had A Million Dollars": "if I had a million dollars, we wouldn't have to eat Kraft Dinner"

And yes, I've always heard Kraft Dinner as synonymous with macaroni and cheese in the Midwest US.
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Doctor Foxx
10/08/18 5:17:42 PM
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dancer62 posted...
Barenaked Ladies " If I Had A Million Dollars": "if I had a million dollars, we wouldn't have to eat Kraft Dinner"

And yes, I've always heard Kraft Dinner as synonymous with macaroni and cheese in the Midwest US.

They're Canadian...

KD is not the same as homemade in Canada
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adjl
10/08/18 5:23:32 PM
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I've heard "KD" used to refer to any boxed instant mac & cheese, but legitimate mac & cheese is always mac & cheese.
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HylianPaladin
10/08/18 5:27:15 PM
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i refer to tissues as Kleenex, bandages as Bandaids. But this US born gal assumes all mac & cheese is Kraft (the king of mac & cheese as a kid. Blue box with school bus yellow or go away).

I refer to medicines like ibuprofen as Advil, even generic. I'll just say 'generic advil'.

As a military kid, I think of the 'generic' brands as the black and white boxes, labels and containers from the base commissaries!

and homemade mac & cheese isn't mac & cheese, it's macaroni bake. (and yuck, except my sister's recipe)
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captpackrat
10/08/18 5:37:05 PM
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Aspirin was originally a brand name, as was Heroin.

Escalator, Cellophane, Kerosene, Hovercraft, Laundromat, Linoleum, Videotape, Dry Ice, Trampoline, Thermos, Dumpster, Yo-Yo, Zipper, Touch-tone, App and App Store all used to be trademarked.

Jacuzzi, Zamboni, Frisbee, Lava lamp, Onesies, Popsicle, Scotch tape, Styrofoam, Tarmac, Taser, Velcro, Wite-Out, Super Glue, Rollerblade, Realtor, Memory Stick, Jet Ski, Hula Hoop, Hacky Sack, Freon, Comic-Con, Bubble Wrap, AstroTurf, Aqua-lung, Adrenalin are all still trademarks.
faramir77
10/08/18 9:35:24 PM
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I just learned that the Kraft mac and cheese is only called Kraft Dinner here in Canada, and that makes that South Park episode with the Canadian giant that eats only Kraft Dinner way funnier.

KD is KD, not all mac and cheese is KD.
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Sahuagin
10/08/18 10:03:47 PM
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Ogurisama posted...
Nightengale posted...
Lokarin posted...
We call all mac and cheese "kraft dinner"

idk about that, KD to me has always been the boxed stuff with the weird orange powder in it. i would not call a homemade mac and cheese KD

although i dont really know of any other brands of the boxed stuff

This, i have never heard anyone call home made mac and cheese kraft dinner

these
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Judgmenl
10/08/18 10:22:33 PM
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Saying "Kraft Dinner" in Canada is like saying "Mac and Cheese" in the states. Both are the same products by the same company (Macaroni and Cheese dinner).

Also extremely cheap and disgusting. You reach a point in life where you can't eat certain foods anymore because they make you want to throw up and appreciate better foods.
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Lokarin
10/09/18 5:17:19 AM
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Judgmenl posted...
same company (Macaroni and Cheese dinner).

Also extremely cheap and disgusting


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ParanoidObsessive
10/09/18 7:39:54 AM
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Dikitain posted...
I never heard the "kraft dinner" thing

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It's a Canadian thing.


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darkknight109
10/09/18 8:02:52 AM
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Lokarin posted...
We call all mac and cheese "kraft dinner"

I'm Canadian and I have literally never heard anyone call mac and cheese "Kraft Dinner" unless it was actual Kraft Dinner (or another knockoff instant brand).

Golden Road posted...
Jacuzzi

What's funny is that this is the opposite trend in Canada - we usually call them "Hot Tubs"; calling it a Jacuzzi is rare.
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FatalAccident
10/09/18 11:09:55 AM
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Calling generic items by the most widely used brand name?

No its not a Canadian phenomenon, pretty damn universal.
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ParanoidObsessive
10/09/18 7:42:04 PM
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FatalAccident posted...
Calling generic items by the most widely used brand name?

No its not a Canadian phenomenon, pretty damn universal.

But which items you use which brand names to define IS at least somewhat regional.

Like how, in the US, people in the South will refer to all soda (and screw you, it's not pop) as "Coke", even when it isn't Coca-Cola.

I think by this point Kleenex and Band-Aid has become pretty universal, but "Kraft Dinner" is definitely a thing localized in some parts of Canada. And I'd hazard a guess that there's at least a few other regional terms from other places in the same vein.


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LinkPizza
10/09/18 11:02:21 PM
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ParanoidObsessive posted...
Like how, in the US, people in the South will refer to all soda (and screw you, it's not pop) as "Coke", even when it isn't Coca-Cola.

I agree. It's soda. Nothing else, unless it's the actual soda's name. Like Sprite or Orange Fanta or whatever...

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Lokarin
10/10/18 5:34:47 AM
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In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.
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Kyuubi4269
10/10/18 5:36:21 AM
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Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.

Same here?
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darkknight109
10/10/18 7:12:02 AM
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Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.

What part of Canada do you live in? Because I've never heard soft drinks referred to colloquially as anything other than "pop".
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denzel_dave
10/10/18 7:16:38 AM
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There's no Kraft Dinner in the UK but most people I know call all vacuum cleaners "Hoovers" and I have heard "Kleenex" as a generic term for tissues, as well. Though that second one might be from American TV.

Edit: We also don't have Band-Aids in England so we just call them plasters.
Lokarin
10/10/18 7:20:53 AM
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darkknight109 posted...
Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.

What part of Canada do you live in? Because I've never heard soft drinks referred to colloquially as anything other than "pop".


Teh prairies, IE: Real Canada
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darkknight109
10/10/18 9:35:56 AM
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Lokarin posted...
darkknight109 posted...
Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.

What part of Canada do you live in? Because I've never heard soft drinks referred to colloquially as anything other than "pop".


Teh prairies, IE: Real Canada

Bizarre, because I grew up in Alberta and, again, never had those experiences. Pop was "pop", not Coke (unless you were actually ordering a Coke) and mac and cheese was not Kraft Dinner unless it was the instant kind.
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Nightengale
10/10/18 9:48:03 AM
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Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.

ok officially calling bullshit now
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Zangulus
10/10/18 9:54:34 AM
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Nightengale posted...
Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.

ok officially calling bullshit now


I dont know about Canada, but parts of the southern US are like this as well.
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Dynalo
10/10/18 9:59:57 AM
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adjl posted...
I've heard "KD" used to refer to any boxed instant mac & cheese, but legitimate mac & cheese is always mac & cheese.


Yup.

In fact if someone says "Mac & cheese", it better not be the instant stuff.
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Doctor Foxx
10/10/18 10:08:51 AM
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darkknight109 posted...
Lokarin posted...
darkknight109 posted...
Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.

What part of Canada do you live in? Because I've never heard soft drinks referred to colloquially as anything other than "pop".


Teh prairies, IE: Real Canada

Bizarre, because I grew up in Alberta and, again, never had those experiences. Pop was "pop", not Coke (unless you were actually ordering a Coke) and mac and cheese was not Kraft Dinner unless it was the instant kind.

He's full of it in many things including this.
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Lokarin
10/10/18 10:10:36 AM
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Doctor Foxx posted...
darkknight109 posted...
Lokarin posted...
darkknight109 posted...
Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.

What part of Canada do you live in? Because I've never heard soft drinks referred to colloquially as anything other than "pop".


Teh prairies, IE: Real Canada

Bizarre, because I grew up in Alberta and, again, never had those experiences. Pop was "pop", not Coke (unless you were actually ordering a Coke) and mac and cheese was not Kraft Dinner unless it was the instant kind.

He's full of it in many things including this.


I aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin't full... it could just be my family or my local area.
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Doctor Foxx
10/10/18 10:24:47 AM
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Lokarin posted...
Doctor Foxx posted...
darkknight109 posted...
Lokarin posted...
darkknight109 posted...
Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.

What part of Canada do you live in? Because I've never heard soft drinks referred to colloquially as anything other than "pop".


Teh prairies, IE: Real Canada

Bizarre, because I grew up in Alberta and, again, never had those experiences. Pop was "pop", not Coke (unless you were actually ordering a Coke) and mac and cheese was not Kraft Dinner unless it was the instant kind.

He's full of it in many things including this.


I aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin't full... it could just be my family or my local area.

It's not your local area. I've worked in several restaurants in that county and spent a lot of time all over the prairies
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Lokarin
10/10/18 10:27:09 AM
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Doctor Foxx posted...
Lokarin posted...
Doctor Foxx posted...
darkknight109 posted...
Lokarin posted...
darkknight109 posted...
Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.

What part of Canada do you live in? Because I've never heard soft drinks referred to colloquially as anything other than "pop".


Teh prairies, IE: Real Canada

Bizarre, because I grew up in Alberta and, again, never had those experiences. Pop was "pop", not Coke (unless you were actually ordering a Coke) and mac and cheese was not Kraft Dinner unless it was the instant kind.

He's full of it in many things including this.


I aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin't full... it could just be my family or my local area.

It's not your local area. I've worked in several restaurants in that county and spent a lot of time all over the prairies


So it's just a weird coincidence that the like 2 people I know also do it
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Mead
10/10/18 10:31:41 AM
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Kraft Dinner is exclusively a Canada thing. Ive known some people that always say Kleenex regardless of brand but most people say tissues.

We do have a weird thing in the US though where all stores seem to use the name Bath Tissue to describe what everybody actually calls toilet paper
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Doctor Foxx
10/10/18 10:37:57 AM
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Lokarin posted...
So it's just a weird coincidence that the like 2 people I know also do it

Maybe you all drank from the same pipes growing up

But that's not a thing here anywhere that I've encountered. Even your town. That's two more people using that terminology in Alberta than I've ever met, and I've met and heard a lot of drink orders in food service

The prairies may prefer coke a bit but coke is not an interchangeably used term for other pop
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myghostisdead
10/10/18 10:41:10 AM
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Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.


Huh,really? I thought that was only a southern US thing. I call all soft drinks "cokes".
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Sahuagin
10/10/18 9:03:23 PM
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Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.

it depends what you mean here. soft drinks in general are "pop" not "coke", but that's not really what you said anyway.

it's true that if you don't know whether a place is sponsored by Coke or Pepsi, then you'd just ask for a "Coke" if you wanted a cola. But then, I'd assume you'd ask for what you personally prefer. no one who preferred pepsi would default to asking for coke.
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HylianPaladin
10/11/18 11:43:42 AM
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Zangulus posted...
Nightengale posted...
Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.

ok officially calling bullshit now


I dont know about Canada, but parts of the southern US are like this as well.

everyone i know here in florida that's native to florida calls it soda, but if they want a certain variety "Coke" "Pepsi" or "Publix Cola".
But in restaurants, if you ask for Pepsi to drink and they have Coca Cola vendor, they'll say so. Fun watching people get huffy over Coke vs Pepsi. especially since I haven't drank a single soda in over a decade.

snowbirds and their kin call it pop usually.
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JTekashiro
10/11/18 7:25:27 PM
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myghostisdead posted...
Lokarin posted...
In Canada it's Coke... even if you're ordering Pepsi, it's Coke.


Huh,really? I thought that was only a southern US thing. I call all soft drinks "cokes".


I don't think that is the case anywhere.

As another Canadian on the prairie, I can also confirm that this is not the case. I have literally never heard anybody ask for a "coke" and not mean a "coke." They would probably accept a "Pepsi" but if you brought a Sprite, they'd be all, like, "wtf, breh?"
Revelation34
10/12/18 4:41:19 AM
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Zangulus posted...
Using brand names for generic products is a long time thing. Companies have tried to prevent it. Fridgidare tried suing to stop regridgerators from being called fridges.


I doubt this actually happened.
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Arishok
10/15/18 4:58:31 PM
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In South Africa we call Mac and Cheese Mac and Cheese and adhesive bandages are called plasters while tissue is tissue. Soft drinks (or soda) we call cold drinks or cool drink.
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