Things I wonder about - facial tissue

United States
February 7, 2009 8:45am CST
This is driving me crazy now. Items in the paper product family generally have the word paper in their name. Toilet PAPER, PAPER towels, PAPER plates, etc So why if facial tissue is technically a paper product why does it not have paper in the name? Why is it called facial tissue? Why isnt it called nose PAPER or something?
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• United States
7 Feb 09
Some brands of TP call themselves toilet tissue, they must be wondering the same thing you are.
• United States
7 Feb 09
so the word tissue implies that it is softer to then touch? hmmm interesting
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• United States
7 Feb 09
wait so what then about tissue paper?
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• United States
7 Feb 09
I wouldn't advise trying to wipe your butt or blow your nose into it.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
7 Feb 09
Toilet paper, has a, well, a rather ewwwwwwww connotation, but gets the point across. Facial tissues came out onto the market about the same time as rolled toilet paper did. So marketing, in their wisdom, wanting 'Kleenex' to catch on with consumers, decided to give it a name as far removed from it's association with toilet paper, or paper products as possible. While blowing one's nose with paper is considered the act of a truly poor person who can't afford "Kleenex", the introduction of Kleenex was also an effort to 'gentrify' society as a whole. It's all in the marketing. LOL Now, the next time you are in a store buying 'Kleenex' or toilet paper, wonder about this (your question) out loud. See what reaction you get. THAT is the real marketing research! ROFL
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• United States
7 Feb 09
AH well that makes sense I guess
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Because Nose Paper does not sound good. Which is why it is toilet paper and not butt hole paper. Since we do not associate anything else with the nose besides boogers, it has to be called facial...but who wants scratchy paper on their face? Hence, facial tissue???? LOL Ok, well, I tried!
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• United States
18 Nov 09
yeah butt hole paper doesnt sound like something anyone would want to use LOL
@balasri (26554)
• India
24 Mar 09
May be the guy who had named it has seen a face that definitely looked like something else that has to be wiped out constantly.
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• United States
6 May 09
LOL maybe
7 Feb 09
No idea!!! But am sure I will now be wondering too! Thanks for sharing that little niggle!!
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• United States
7 Feb 09
well at least I wont be the only one thinking about this stuff then LOL
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
13 May 09
Perhaps it has something to do with the history of the product itself. Also many things such as Kleenex and Bandaids are brand names that people use as product names. Once upon a time there was no facial tissue and people used handkerchiefs. If you look at some the cloth is almost a tissue.
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