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DECEMBER 6, 2010

Dilbert cartoonWhen did it become a verb?

A few years ago Photoshop was a software tool used by photographers and designers. Now it's become a verb used by the general public. Adobe Systems Inc., the makers of Photoshop, aren't happy with this.

From the Adobe website:

The Photoshop trademark must never be used as a common verb or as a noun. The Photoshop trademark should always be capitalized and should never be used in possessive form or as a slang term...

The following examples illustrate these rules: Trademarks are not verbs.

Correct: The image was enhanced using Adobe® Photoshop® software.
Incorrect: The image was photoshopped.

Good luck with that, Adobe.

By the way, do you know how I found that reference? I googled it. ;-)

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