I’ve read before that the Xerox Corporation has had to try to protect its brand and encourage the use of “photocopy” because a lot of people use the word “xerox” as a generic verb meaning to make a machine copy of something (or as a generic noun meaning the copy itself), regardless of the actual brand of the copy machine.
I never really heard “xerox” used that way, though. I always hear (and use) “copy” or “photocopy,” and saying “xerox” would never occur to me. I’ve been wondering if usage of these terms might be regional and/or age-related (though I can’t ever remember hearing anyone of any age use the generic “xerox”).
I’m from east Texas and I’m 33. How about y’all, which term do you tend to use and where are you from?