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  • proper n. transparent or translucent pressure-sensitive adhesive tape, used for sealing items together, especially paper.

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  • v. fasten or attach with sellotape
  • n. transparent or semitransparent adhesive tape (trade names Scotch tape and Sellotape) used for sealing or attaching or mending


Reportedly a reference to the stereotypical tendency of the Scottish towards thrift, due to cutting of corners with the product initially produced. (Wiktionary)


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  • "Trademark Law" advises that proper usage is "Scotch brand cellophane tape" to combat "generic tendencies".

    March 25, 2011