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Difference between Brand-name dropping and Name-dropping

brand-name droppingattempting to impress others by mentioning the brand names of goods that one owns:

  • We just lay there on my Thermarest Ultra-Light listening to my tiny Grundig shortwave and had a great old time. Sorry about all the brand-name-dropping…

name-droppingattempting to impress others by familiarly mentioning the names of distinguished people in order to imply one’s own importance:

  • Clarke loves to make fun of his name-dropping. “Name-dropping is vulgar as I told the Queen last week,” he joked.