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I thought Airbus was the name of a company, which is a subsidiary of EADS, that makes airplanes. It is, but according to my dictionary, airbus is also a non-trademarked word.

The New Penguin English Dictionary (1986) tells me that an airbus is “a subsonic jet passenger airplane designed for short intercity flights.” Huh. I didn’t know that short-haul jets had a specific one-word name. I just called them airplanes and let the airlines worry about what kind of aircraft they used. Now I know.

The specialty of the company called Airbus is, to my understanding, not currently short haul aircraft. If there is any justice in the English language, shouldn’t Airbus be required to specialize in airbuses? Otherwise, isn’t it false advertising? Who do I complain to about that?

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