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household word

Something that has become widely popular or commonly known. Due to the widespread adoption of mobile technology, "smartphone" has become a household word.
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a ˌhousehold ˈname/ˈword

a name/word that is extremely well known: The business she founded made her into a household name.Microsoft is a household name.
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In an article from 1854, published in the weekly magazine edited by Charles Dickens, Household Words, William Blanchard Jerrold set out to reverse this trend; his main purpose was to show how popular representations of the Turks as savage and barbarian were no longer valid for the present day Turk, who--as he states--"is a being who differs very widely from the savage gentleman of popular fiction".
1c] is now a household word with physicians, and that benchmark has motivated physicians to push for better diabetes control ("Hb[A.
Poult enteritis complex, or PEC, is hardly a household word.
Global warming has become a household word, thanks in part to Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth," says Rountree.
Robert Parker has become a household word in the wine business.
My goal was to make the Wise Women Tradition known, not exactly as a household word, but to at least have the idea of it in people's minds.
Certified wood may not yet be a household word, but the scramble on the supply side to meet increasing demand should generate its own publicity.
Before offshoring was a household word the United States won two world wars and put men on the moon--not once, but several times.
The decision about whether to make her name a household word now really does lie in the hands of the media,'' said Wood, who had gotten calls from about 10 media outlets asking whether the woman wanted to be named.
Her name is fast-becoming a household word apparently, with almost everyone I know asking my opinion of her.
This was Nancy Snyderman, who has subsequently been so successful at combining motherhood, otolaryngology, and broadcasting that her name has become a household word.
Neither violinist Anne Akiko Meyers nor the first-listed composer, Somei Satoh, is exactly a household word.
When I first started the Web site, I had a joke that the site's goal was to make metalcasting a household word.