The word "xerox" is commonly used as a synonym for "photocopy". For example, check the following sentences:

"I xeroxed the document.""Please make a xerox copy of the articles"

Both are common usages but the word ‘Xerox’ is actually the brand name of a company which provides the photocopier machines!

In 1959, Chester Carlson developed the process of xerography. With this technique, the Xerox company introduced the first plain paper photocopier machine. The popularity of these photocopiers led ‘Xerox’ as a synonym for ‘photocopy’. But the company does not excuse such uses of its trademark and always trying to convince the public that Xerox should not be used as a verb. The ‘Xerox’ company declared that-

"You cannot 'xerox' a document, but you can copy it on a Xerox Brand copying machine".

(Note that xerox is functionally a verb in this sentence.)

In spite of their efforts, many dictionaries continued to mention the use of "xerox" as a verb, including the Oxford English Dictionary.

I still say ‘xerox’ as a verb, but I'm trying not to use the brand name. Personally, I don't think that there is any single term which most people use for photocopying. Some people would say xerox, some just say copy. Even some people also do say "photocopy". What will you say??

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Dear Kedar!
Greetings for the day!
This says the extent of peak stage of marketing a Brand name of a company. It is Photstat or Photocopy and not XEROX. It is the company name...
Thank you veryu much for the post...

From India, Delhi

Thanks for sharing a nice info.
Let me share with you few facts about the subject of your post:
Many people are not aware the Xerox is a brand name of a product,and continue to use the word as 'verb'.This clearly shows how the brand has influenced the normal consumer.
There are several other products of this kind,and I share here another example below:
Walkman is the brand of SONY and is a proprietority brand exclusively to be used by SONY only.This brand name is used for personal recorders.
But today even other manufacturers use this name for their 'personal recorders'.
Many is not aware of this fact.

From India, Madras

there was a time when xerox ws handling major photocopying machines so now all tell xerox xerox xerox only,,,
From India, Madras
Thanx dead soul. Liked your signature line...Truly, I reminded a sentence from "The Outsider" by Albert Camus...When the mother of protagonist (i.e. Mersault) in this novella dies, he says,
"Death is the determiner of Life, so Life is nothing"
Opps! Not in the mood to argue wth dead ones

From India, Nasik
Thanks Kedar, I always use Photocopy and I had the same doubt about the difference between xerox and photocopy. Though I knew that Xerox is a company's name, I was confused if its name was based on a term known as xerox!
From India, New Delhi

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