How Was "Scotch Tape" Named?
Scotch Tape is a family of adhesive tapes manufactured by 3M Company. It was developed in the 1930s by inventor Richard Drew. Although it is a trademarked brand name, it is widely used in the USA as a generic term for any transparent adhesive tape.
Use of the term 'Scotch' in the name has a rather pejorative origin. During testing, the tape came loose because it was not fully coated with adhesive. A remark was made that the stingy Scotch bosses need to put more adhesive on it; the name has stuck ever since. Scotty McTape, a kilt-wearing cartoon boy, was the brand's mascot for two decades, first appearing in 1944. The familiar plaid design was introduced to packing soon afterwards in 1945. (Wikipedia)
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