Pepto-Bismol, also known as “bismuth subsalicylate” is an antacid medication used to treat temporary discomfort of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, such as “nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, and diarrhea”, the order of which is used in a lot of their commercials and branding.
Although the history page of Pepto-Bismol describes its name change from “Bismosal”, it doesn’t explain where the “Pepto” comes from. My guess is it has to do with the “peptic” areas of the human body (the stomach and duodenum), which Pepto-Bismol effects. Pepto may be a play on “peptic”.
This is a semi-personal Mandela Effect, as it occurred to me without external prompting, and I have not found any other reports of it (in the normal Mandela Effect sites/forums), besides a handful of mistyped results for it on search engines. It does appear to be a common mistake for some. My intent for publishing it here is to see if others recall the same thing.
Here’s the unaltered logo:
I found myself writing “Peptol-Bismol” while creating a shopping list. Later, I found myself wondering why it was named that. To my surprise, it wasn’t named that, it was named “Pepto-Bismol”. Why was I adding an extra “L” in there? How long have I been doing that? I had several questions, and some of which I couldn’t explain. It also appears that I may have discovered my own Mandela Effect. There is references to a Mandela Effect for the naming of to be either Peptobismol or Pepto-Bismol, but none that I could find where they thought an “L” was missing. It does seem like this mistake is not unique to me as searching for “peptol bismol” shows a few mistyped results within search engines. I’m not alone!
“Bismol” ends with an “ol”. Maybe our innate pattern recognition is expecting that it should be “Peptol” like “Bismol“. It rhymes too, which also may play towards our expectations of modern marketing and branding.
“Pepto” is similar to “Petrol”. Could the similarity of the words lead to confusion?
“Peptol” is another branded drug entirely, also known as “cimetidine” that has similar (but more specialized) use to Pepto-Bismol. It’s is a histamine H2 receptor antagonist that inhibits stomach acid production.