Re: Dinky/Matchbox toy
I'm pretty sure Matchbox cars are still being made. I think that Matchbox has become so common in use that many people refer to small toy cars as matchbox cars, whether or not they are. I doubt if that makes Mattel happy. It's like facial tissue. Most people call any tissue a "kleenex" even if it's not Kleenex brand. This definitely annoys Kimberly-Clark.
Originally Posted by wandle
If you are going to refer to these cars in print, I suggest you call them miniature toy cars.
Subject, verb, object is the missionary position of the English language. (Dedaimia Whitney)