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Puzzle of the DayMy neighbor is from England. When it's raining, she makes sure to wear her 'Wellie's." What are Wellie's?
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People from England refer to rain boots as 'Wellie's". The reason is that a famous brand of rubber rain boots are Hunter-Wellington. British people shorten it to Wellie's and broaden the meaning of the word to all rain boots. This is a form of generification. As in America, we often refer to all tissue brand as Kleenex, British people use the brand name to refer to all rain boots.