LeBron James will not be owning the trademark "Taco Tuesday" after the United States Patent and Trademark Office turned down his attempt to trademark the phrase.
According to the patent office, "a commonplace term, message or expression widely used by a variety of sources that merely conveys an ordinary, familiar, well-recognized concept or sentiment," per the NY Times.
According to the news outlet, the office cited several news articles that showed that "Taco Tuesday" is used widely "to express enthusiasm for tacos by promoting and celebrating them on a dedicated weekday."
James' spokesperson said that his lawyers were still looking over the patent office's findings, but says the decision is still good news.
"If this opens the door for 'Taco Tuesday' to be open to everybody, all the better," the spokesman said. "That would be a great outcome of this. The entire purpose of this is to protect Lebron and subsequently everybody else."
The term "Taco Tuesday" has been around long before LeBron ever considered filing for the trademark - but it seems that this phrase belongs to the people, at least for now.