Today we have an odd one: a case of a made-up word taking the place of the word it’s meant to imitate. I can’t think of another example of a trademark taking the place of its homophone in popular usage.
Segway™: a two-wheeled electrically-powered motorized personal vehicle.
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Segway™ is an invented word, the registered trademark for Dean Kamen’s one-person vehicle. He invented both the scooter and the name, releasing both into the world in 2001. He chose the name because it combines the idea of a smooth transition (“segue”) with the idea of a path or road to a destination (“way”); put the two together and you get Segway, a trademarkable word that sounds just like its antecedent.
If you say you’re going to segway to a new topic, you’re saying you’re going to use an electric scooter to get to the next slide in your PowerPoint presentation.
This is Word Nerd #58; you can find all the Word Nerd installments in the Word Nerd Index.