A misnomer is a term which suggests an interpretation that is known to be untrue. Such incorrect terms sometimes derived their names because of the form, action, or origin of the subject—becoming named popularly or widely referenced—long before their true natures were known. Some of the sources of misnomers are:
- An older name being retained as the thing named evolved (e. g. , pencil lead, tin can, fixed income markets, mince meat pie, steamroller). This is essentially a metaphorical extension with the older item standing for anything filling its role. A particular example is transference of a well-known brand name into a generic sense. (Xerox for photo-copy, or "Kleenex" for "Tissue")
- An older name being retained even in the face of newer information (e. g. , Chinese checkers, Arabic numerals). Chinese Checkers is a Board game that can be played by two to six people The arabic numerals (often capitalized are the ten Digits (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 which—along with the system
- A name being applied to something which only covers part of a region (e. g. , the United States of America only takes up part of the American landmass; the name Holland is often used to refer to the Netherlands while it only designates a small part of that country. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere or New World, consisting of the Continents of North America and South America Holland is a region in the western part of the Netherlands. A maritime and economic power in the 17th century Holland today consists of the Dutch provinces of The Netherlands ( Dutch:, ˈnedərlɑnt is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands the Netherlands )
- A regional name being retained even when something moves or expands beyond that region (e. g. , the United States of America kept its name even after the State of Hawaii was admitted in 1959, which is an archipelago located in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The State of Hawaii ( or həˈwaɪʔiː Hawaiian: Mokuāina o Hawaii) is a state in the United States located on an Archipelago in the An archipelago (ɑrkəˈpɛləgoʊ is a chain or cluster of Islands The word archipelago literally means "chief Sea " from Italian The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth 's Oceanic divisions )
- A name being based on a similarity in a particular aspect (e. g. , Shooting Stars (Meteors) look like stars from Earth, the settled portions of Greenland are greener than the rest)
- A difference between popular and technical meanings of a term. Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat meaning "Land of the Greenlanders" Grønland is a self-governing Danish Province located between the For example, a koala "bear" (see below) looks and acts much like a bear, but from a zoologist's point of view it is quite distinct and unrelated. The Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus is a thickset Arboreal Marsupial herbivore native to Australia, and the only extant Similarly, fireflies fly like flies, ladybugs look and act like bugs. FireFly is the second single by Essex Alternative rock band InMe. True flies are Insects of the Order Diptera ( Greek: di = two and pteron = wing possessing a single pair of Hemiptera is an order of Insects comprising around 80000 Species of Cicadas Aphids Planthoppers Leafhoppers Botanically, peanuts look and taste like nuts and palm trees are classified scientifically as related to grass. The peanut, or Groundnut ( Arachis hypogaea) is a species in the Legume family Fabaceae native to South America, Mexico Nut is a general term for the large dry oily Seeds or Fruit of some Plants. Arecaceae or Palmae (also known by the name Palmaceae, which is taxonomically invalid or commonly palm tree) the palm family is a family of Flowering Grass is the common word that generally describes Monocotyledonous green Plants The family Gramineae ( Poaceae) are the "true grasses" and include The technical sense is often cited as the "correct" sense, but this is a matter of context.
- Ambiguity (e. g. , a parkway is generally a road with park-like landscaping, not a place to park). In the United States, Parkways are defined as follows A type of road A broad landscaped thoroughfare especially: one from which trucks and A road is an identifiable route, way or path between two or more places. Such a term may seem misleading at first blush.
- Association of a thing with a place other than one might assume. For example, Panama hats are made in Ecuador, but came to be associated with the building of the Panama Canal. A Panama hat or just Panama is a traditional brimmed Hat of Ecuadorian origin that is made from the plaited leaves of the toquilla straw plant ( For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Ecuador topics. The Panama Canal is a man-made Canal in Panama which joins the
- Naming peculiar to the originator's world view.
- An unfamiliar name (generally foreign) or technical term being re-analyzed as something more familiar.
- Anachronisms, terms being applied to things that belong to another time, especially much later, such as the Dendera light interpretation of a mural from the Hathor Temple of Ancient Egypt. An anachronism (from the Greek "ana" " ανά " "against anti-" and "chronos" " χρόνος " The " Dendera light " comprises three stone reliefs (one single and a double representation in the Hathor temple at the Dendera Temple complex located Dendera Temple complex, ( Ancient Egyptian: Iunet or Tantere)
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- The May balls and May Bumps (boat race) at Cambridge University no longer take place in May but during "May Week" in June. A May Ball is a ball at the end of the academic year at one of the colleges of the University of Cambridge. The May Bumps (also May Races Mays is a rowing race held on the River Cam in Cambridge. The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University) located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the This article refers to the tradition at the University of Cambridge
- Fixed income markets no longer deal predominantly with fixed (known) payments. Fixed income refers to any type of Investment that yields a regular (or fixed return
- Fullscreen is a term commonly used for home viewing releases (DVD, VHS, etc. Pan and scan is one method of adjusting Widescreen film images so that they can be shown within the proportions of a Standard definition 43 aspect ratio DVD (also known as " Digital Versatile Disc " or " Digital Video Disc " - see Etymology)is ) of theatrical films to differentiate from their widescreen counterpart. A widescreen image is a film computer or television image with a wider and shorter aspect ratio than the standard Academy frame developed during the Classical Yet, due to the rising popularity of 16:9 HDTV sets, it is, for the most part, the widescreen versions that are technically "fullscreen" (depending on their original aspect ratio). The aspect ratio of an Image is its width divided by its height High-definition television (HDTV is a Digital television Broadcasting system with higher resolution than traditional television systems (standard-definition The aspect ratio of an Image is its width divided by its height Plus, most fullscreen versions of modern films, are in fact cut, zoomed, and panned versions of the original widescreen, so while the image fills a 4:3 screen, it is not in fact a "full" picture. The more correct term is "Pan and scan". Pan and scan is one method of adjusting Widescreen film images so that they can be shown within the proportions of a Standard definition 43 aspect ratio
- Video filming even when talking about digital video
- The "lead" in pencils is made of graphite and clay, not lead; graphite was originally believed to be lead ore but this is now known not to be the case. Digital video is a type of Video recording system that works by using a Digital rather than an analog video signal Characteristics Lead has a dull luster and is a dense, Ductile, very soft highly A pencil is a Writing or Drawing instrument consisting of a thin stick of Pigment (usually Graphite, but can also be coloured pigment or The Mineral graphite, as with Diamond and Fullerene, is one of the Allotropes of carbon. Clay is a naturally occurring material composed primarily of fine-grained Minerals which show plasticity through a variable range of Water content, and The graphite and clay mix is known as plumbum, meaning "lead ore" in Latin, and is still known as "black lead" in Keswick, Cumbria. Keswick (pronounced "kez-ick" /ˈkɛzɪk/ is a Market town within the district of Allerdale, Cumbria, England. Boundaries and divisions Cumbria is neighboured by Northumberland, County Durham, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, and the Lieutenancy
- §Northwestern University is in northeastern Illinois, a midwestern state. The State of Illinois ( roughly ill-i-NOY is a state of the United States of America, the 21st to be admitted to the Union. Illinois was, however, part of the historical Northwest Territory. For the Canadian territory see Northwest Territories. For the northwestern corner of the Lower 48 see Northwestern United States.
- Some blackboards are actually green.
- Tin foil is almost always made of aluminium, whereas tin cans made for the storage of food products are made from steel plated in a thin layer of tin. Tinfoil or tin foil is a thin leaf made of Tin. Actual tin foil has been superseded by cheaper and more durable Aluminium foil, which is WikipediaNaming A tin can, also called a tin (especially in British English) or a can, is an air-tight container for the distribution or storage of Plating describes surface-covering where a Metal is deposited on a conductive surface Tin is a Chemical element with the symbol Sn (stannum and Atomic number 50 In both cases, tin was originally used for the same purpose.
- A windmill is a wind turbine whose mechanical output directly drives machinery to mill grain. A windmill is a machine that is powered by the energy of the wind A wind turbine is a rotating machine which converts the Kinetic energy in Wind into Mechanical energy. The earliest wind turbines were windmills. Most new, large wind turbines generate electricity, and thus are properly called wind generators, but many people call them "windmills".
- In e-mail, the abbreviation CC refers to the practice of sending a message as a "carbon copy", which has nothing to do with carbon copying, an obsolete practice in the internet age. Carbon copying, often abbreviated to cc, is the technique of using Carbon paper to produce one or more copies simultaneously during the creation of paper documents
- The designation §Castilian Spanish refers to a standard dialect historically associated with Castile. Castilian Spanish (español septentrional is a term related to the Spanish language but whose exact meaning can vary even in that language Kingdom of Castile was one of the medieval kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula. 
- §Clapham Junction is in Battersea (now part of Wandsworth), not Clapham (part of Lambeth); the borough boundaries have changed since the arrival of the railway. "Clapham Junction" redirects here For other uses see Clapham Junction (disambiguation Clapham Junction Railway station is Battersea is a place in the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is an inner-city district located 2 The London Borough of Wandsworth (ˈlʌndən bʌɹə ɒv ˈwɒndz Clapham is an area of South London, England, in the London Borough of Lambeth. The London Borough of Lambeth ( is a London borough in South London, England and forms part of Inner London.
- Quad bikes are actually ATV's (All-terrain-Vehicles) or OHV's (Off-Highway-Vehicles). The word "bike" (short for "bicycle" meaning "[having] two wheels") incorrectly implies that they have two wheels, instead of the four indicated by "quad". The bicycle, cycle, or bike is a pedal-driven, human-powered vehicle with two wheels attached to a frame, one behind
- Chess players with little skill are often referred to as "woodpushers", even though modern chess pieces are mostly made of plastic. Chess is a recreational and competitive Game played between two players.
- In minor league baseball, while the New York-Penn League does in fact still include teams from New York and Pennsylvania, it would more accurately be called the "New York-Penn-Massachusetts-Vermont-Maryland-Ohio" league. The New York - Penn League is a Minor league baseball league which operates in the northeastern United States. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ( often colloquially referred to as PA (its abbreviation by natives and Northeasterners is a state located in the Northeastern It has also previously included teams from New Jersey and Canada.
- Baseball's Pacific Coast League was originally made up only from teams located on the West Coast of the United States, but the PCL now has franchises as far east as Nashville, Tennessee. Baseball is a team sport which is played by several professional leagues throughout the world The Pacific Coast League (PCL is a Minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. The " West Coast " " Western Seaboard " or " Pacific Seaboard " are terms for the westernmost coastal states of the Western United States Minor league baseball's other AAA league, the International League got its name because it originally had teams in both Canada and the United States, but it currently has no Canadian franchises. Part of the History of baseball series Minor league baseball is a hierarchy of Professional baseball leagues in North The International League ( IL) is a Minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
- Telephone numbers are sometimes referred to as being "dialed" despite the fact that rotary phones are now rare. The rotary dial is a device mounted on or in a Telephone or switchboard that is designed to send interrupted electrical pulses, known as Pulse dialing
- "To tape" is a synonym for "to record", even in reference to recordings made onto digital media instead of analog devices such as cassette tapes or videotapes. Digital media (as opposed to analog media) usually refers to Electronic media that work on digital Codes. Analog (or analogue) recording (Greek ana is "according to" and logos "relationship" is a technique used to store The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a Magnetic tape sound Videotape is a means of recording images and sound onto Magnetic tape as opposed to movie film.
- When a computer program is electronically transferred from disk to memory, this is referred to as "loading" the program. Computer programs (also software programs, or just programs) are instructions for a Computer. Disk storage is a general category of a Computer storage mechanisms in which data is recorded on planar round and rotating surfaces ( disks, discs, or Computer data storage, often called storage or memory, refers to Computer components devices and recording media that retain digital "Load" is a holdover term from the mid-20th century, when programs were created on punched cards and then loaded into a hopper for automated processing. The twentieth century of the Common Era began on
- In American football, a "touchdown" is scored when the ball is advanced across the goal line, but, unlike in rugby football (the game from which American football is chiefly derived), the ball does not have to actually touch the ground for a score to be awarded. American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with Rugby football (usually just " rugby " may refer to a number of sports through history descended from a common form of Football developed at Rugby School
- American football or rugby football themselves have little to do with foot or ball; a more accurate term instead of football would be handoblate. American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with Rugby football (usually just " rugby " may refer to a number of sports through history descended from a common form of Football developed at Rugby School
- Bicycles are (in the UK at least) often referred to as "push bikes", although strictly speaking that term actually refers to the bike's pedal-less predecessor (which literally had to be "pushed" along by the rider's feet). The bicycle, cycle, or bike is a pedal-driven, human-powered vehicle with two wheels attached to a frame, one behind
- Up to and including Windows XP, the Hearts game included is called "The Microsoft Hearts Network", despite there being no network play in the later versions. Windows XP is a family of 32-bit and 64-bit Operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on Personal computers including home and This article is about the Card game in general For information about the Microsoft version of the game see Hearts (Windows. Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational Computer technology Corporation, which rose to dominate the Home computer A computer network is a group of interconnected Computers. Networks may be classified according to a wide variety of characteristics (The Windows Vista version is simply called "Hearts". Windows Vista (ˈvɪstə is a line of Operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on Personal computers including home and business desktops )
- An asteroid is not a star-like object as the name suggests, but a smaller object orbiting a star. Asteroids, sometimes called Minor planets or planetoids', are bodies—primarily of the inner Solar System —that are smaller than planets but A star is a massive luminous ball of plasma. The nearest star to Earth is the Sun, which is the source of most of the Energy on Earth The name refers to the appearance in a small telescope. A disc is not seen; it appears as a point of light, literally star-like.
- §§Guinea pigs are not pigs and do not come from Guinea. The Guinea pig (also commonly called the cavy after its scientific name Cavia porcellus) is a species of Rodent belonging to the family Caviidae Guinea, officially Republic of Guinea (pronounced /ˈgɪni/ République de Guinée is a country in West Africa, formerly known as French Guinea The "Guinea" may be a re-analysis of "Guyana", though they originate from the Andes and not Guyana. Guyana (ɡaɪˈænə or /ɡiːˈɑːnə/ officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and previously known as British Guiana, is the only Nation state The Andes form the world's longest exposed Mountain range. They lie as a continuous chain of highland along the western coast of South America.
- A multi-valued function is not a mathematical function in the proper definition. In Mathematics, a multivalued function (shortly multifunction, other names set-valued function, set-valued map, multi-valued map
- The same can be said about a generalized function, as such a function cannot be evaluated in some point(s); the only integrals with such functions have a common sense meaning. In Mathematics, generalized functions are objects generalizing the notion of functions There is more than one recognised theory
- A disk laser usually is not disk at all; only the pumped region (sometimes) has a disk-shaped form. A disk laser or active mirror (Fig1 is a type of Solid-state laser characterized by a heat sink and laser output that are realized on opposite sides of
- A lead crystal is not a crystalline solid but an amorphous glass. Lead crystal (also called crystal) is Lead glass that has been hand- or machine-cut with facets In Materials science, a crystal is a Solid in which the constituent Atoms Molecules or Ions are packed in a regularly ordered repeating An amorphous solid is a Solid in which there is no Long-range order of the positions of the Atoms (Solids in which there is long-range atomic order are Glass in the common sense refers to a Hard, Brittle, transparent Solid, such as that used for Windows many
- The Nintendo GameCube is not a cube because the sides are not all squares. The, often abbreviated as GCN, is Nintendo 's fourth home Video game console and is part of the sixth generation console era. A cube is a three-dimensional solid object bounded by six square faces facets or sides with three meeting at each vertex. Classification A square (regular Quadrilateral) is a special case of a Rectangle as it has four right angles and equal parallel sides
- The Hundred Years' War did not last for 100 years but 116. The Hundred Years' War (Guerre de Cent Ans was a prolonged conflict lasting from 1337 to 1453 between two royal houses for the French throne vacant with the extinction of the senior It was actually a series of separate campaigns and battles which continued for 116 years (from 1337 to 1453).
- The Blitz was the sustained bombing of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany between 7 September 1940 and 16 May 1941. The Blitz was the sustained bombing of Britain by Nazi Germany between 7 September 1940 and 10 May 1941 in World War II. A bomb is any of a range of devices that typically rely on the Exothermic Chemical reaction of an Explosive material to produce an extremely The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Nazi Germany and the Third Reich are the common English names for Germany under the regime of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers Events 1251 BC - A Solar eclipse on this date might mark the birth of legendary Heracles at Thebes Greece. Year 1940 ( MCMXL) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 1204 - Baldwin IX Count of Flanders is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire. Year 1941 ( MCMXLI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (the link will display 1941 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Although the word Blitz is a shortening of the German word blitzkrieg, meaning "lightning war", it was not an example of blitzkrieg but was an early example of strategic bombing. Blitzkrieg (German for "lightning war" is a popular name for an Offensive operational-level Military doctrine which involves an initial Strategic bombing is a Military strategy used in a Total war with the goal of defeating an enemy nation-state by destroying its economic ability to wage war rather
- Catgut is made from sheep intestines. Catgut is the name applied to cord of great toughness and tenacity prepared from the Intestines of the Sheep or Goat, or occasionally from those of the
- Podcasting is not limited to the iPod, nor does the technology involve any casting as the consumers pull audio data onto their audio players. A podcast is a series of audio or Video digital-media files which is distributed over the Internet by syndicated Download iPod is a popular brand of Portable media players designed and marketed by Apple Inc However, like broadcasting, it is a way of distributing audio or visual data to large numbers of people.
- Heat lightning is actually lightning that is too far away for the thunder to be heard, but generally occurs during hot weather
- Sugar soap contains neither sugar nor soap. Heat lightning is a Misnomer for the faint flashes of Lightning on the Horizon or other Clouds from distant Thunderstorms that do Sugar soap is a Cleaning material commonly composed of Sodium carbonate, Sodium phosphate, and sometimes Sodium silicate as an abrasive other Sugar is a class of edible Crystalline substances mainly Sucrose, Lactose, and Fructose. SOAP (see below for name and origins is a protocol for exchanging XML -based messages over Computer networks normally using
- Smoked glass is so-called because it looks like smoke, not because it is literally kippered. Glass in the common sense refers to a Hard, Brittle, transparent Solid, such as that used for Windows many It is actually a type of stained glass. For the Blackford Oakes novel see Stained Glass (novel The term stained glass refers either to the material of coloured Glass or to the art
- Salad cream (a mayonnaise substitute) is so-called because mayonnaise is often (although not exclusively, as implied) used as a salad dressing. Mayonnaise (sometime abbreviated to mayo in American English and other languages is a thick Condiment made primarily from Vegetable oil and Egg Unlike mayonnaise, salad cream is not particularly creamy.
- An egg cream is really chocolate flavored syrup with seltzer and milk. An egg cream is a classic Beverage consisting of Chocolate Syrup, Milk, and Seltzer ( Soda water) probably dating It typically contains neither eggs nor cream.
- Eggplants, although egg-shaped, are not ova. The eggplant, aubergine, or brinjal ( Solanum melongena) is a plant of the family Solanaceae (also known as the nightshades An ovum (plural ova) is a Haploid Female reproductive cell or Gamete.
- An egg roll is an appetizer usually made by wrapping a combination of chopped vegetables, not eggs. An egg roll is an Appetizer which was originally eaten in East Asia but has spread throughout the world as a staple of Asian cuisine
- Head cheese is actually a meat product. Head cheese ( AmE) or brawn ( BrE) is in fact not a Cheese, but meat slices in Aspic, with onion black pepper allspice bayleaf salt In modern English usage meat most often refers to Animal tissue used as food mostly Skeletal muscle and associated Fat, but it may also refer
- Grape-Nuts are made from neither grapes nor nuts. Grape-Nuts is a Breakfast cereal developed by C W Post in 1897 For the Tokyo University supercomputer see Gravity Pipe. GRAPE, or GRA phics P rogramming E nvironment is Nut is a general term for the large dry oily Seeds or Fruit of some Plants.
- A hot dog is named after its resemblance to a dog's tail – it is not literally a heated canine. A hot dog is a type of fully-cooked cured and/or smoked moist Sausage of soft even texture and flavor
- A Mountain Beaver (Aplodontia rufa) is a primitive rodent unrelated, though fairly similar in appearance, to beavers not usually found in mountainous areas. The Mountain Beaver ( Aplodontia rufa) is a primitive Rodent unrelated to Beavers and not always found in Mountainous areas
- "Horny toads" or "horned frogs" are actually lizards. The Texas horned lizard ( Phrynosoma cornutum) is one of 14 North American species of spikey-bodied Reptiles called Horned lizards The Texas species Lizards are a large and widespread group of Reptiles of the order Squamata, with nearly 5000 species and ranging across all continents except
- In Baseball, the common term "ground rule double" does not refer to actual ground rules but is, in fact, provided in the standard rules, such as in Official Baseball Rules, Rule 6. Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each In Baseball, a ground rule double is any award of two bases from the Time of pitch to the batter the base runners are pushed by the previous runner In Baseball, ground rules are special rules particular to each Baseball park (grounds in which the game is played Baseball rules differ slightly from league to league but in general share the same basic gameplay 09(d) through (h). Likewise, an uncaught third strike is often referred to as a "dropped" third strike, even though it is not actually dropped but it is simply not legally caught by the catcher. In Baseball, an uncaught third strike (sometimes inaccurately referred to as a dropped third strike) occurs when the Catcher fails to cleanly In addition, the foul lines on a baseball field are located in fair territory (Rule 2).
- At Stanford University, the term "Stanford Cardinal" is often thought to refer to the bird. Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University or simply Stanford, is a private Research university located in The Stanford Cardinal is the nickname of the athletic teams at Stanford University. The Cardinals or Cardinalidae are a family of Passerine Birds found in North and South America. It actually refers to the school's team colors. Cardinal is a vivid Red, which gets its name from the Cassocks worn by cardinals The family of birds takes its name from the color
- Photoshopping is often done with image editors other than Adobe Photoshop, such as Paint Shop Pro. Photo manipulation is the application of Image editing techniques to Photographs in order to create an Illusion or Deception (in contrast to mere Paint Shop Pro ( PSP) is a Raster graphics editor and later in the series a Vector graphics editor for computers running the Microsoft Windows
- Cars are driven on a parkway and parked on a driveway. In the United States, Parkways are defined as follows A type of road A broad landscaped thoroughfare especially: one from which trucks and A driveway is a type of private road for local access to one or a small group of structures and is owned and maintained by an individual or group
Difference between common and technical meanings
- Apes are commonly referred to as monkeys. A monkey is any member of either the New World monkeys or Old World monkeys two of the three groupings of Simian Primates the third group being
- A coconut is not a nut, but a fruit. The Coconut Palm ( Cocos nucifera) is a member of the Family Arecaceae (palm family The term fruit has different meanings dependent on context and the term is not synonymous in Food preparation and Biology.
- The East River is not a river, but a tidal strait. The East River is a tidal Strait in New York City. It connects Upper New York Bay on its south end to Long Island Sound on its north end A strait is a narrow navigable Channel of water that connects two larger navigable bodies of water
- Fermat's last theorem from 1637 was not correctly proven until 1993, and was therefore, until then, not a theorem, but a conjecture. Fermat's Last Theorem is the name of the statement in Number theory that It is impossible to separate any power higher than the second into two like In Mathematics, a conjecture is a Mathematical statement which appears resourceful but has not been formally proven to be true under the rules of
- A firefly is not a fly, but a beetle, though it does fly. FireFly is the second single by Essex Alternative rock band InMe. True flies are Insects of the Order Diptera ( Greek: di = two and pteron = wing possessing a single pair of Beetles are the group of Insects with the largest number of known Species.
- Koala are marsupials not closely related to the Ursid family of bears. The Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus is a thickset Arboreal Marsupial herbivore native to Australia, and the only extant Marsupials are an Infraclass of Mammals characterized by a distinctive pouch (called the marsupium) in which females carry their young through The name "koala" is preferred in Australia, where koalas are native.
- A §light-year is a unit of distance measure, not time as commonly misinterpreted. A light-year or light year (symbol ly) is a unit of Length, equal to just under ten trillion Kilometres As defined by Distance is a numerical description of how far apart objects are For other uses see Time (disambiguation Time is a component of a measuring system used to sequence events to compare the durations of
- A peanut is not a nut, but a legume. The peanut, or Groundnut ( Arachis hypogaea) is a species in the Legume family Fabaceae native to South America, Mexico Nut is a general term for the large dry oily Seeds or Fruit of some Plants. A legume is a Plant in the family Fabaceae (or Leguminosae or a Fruit of these specific plants
- Percentages in baseball (such as on-base percentage and slugging percentage) are not given in the form of a percentage but as three place averages similar to a probability—which they are assumed to be able to predict on average that the batter with such an average will get on base. Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each In Baseball statistics, on-base percentage (OBP (sometimes referred to as on-base average ', as the statistic is rarely presented as a true Percentage) In Baseball statistics, slugging percentage (abbreviated SLG) is a popular measure of the power of a hitter. In Mathematics, a percentage is a way of expressing a number as a Fraction of 100 ( per cent meaning "per hundred" In Mathematics, an average, or central tendency of a Data set refers to a measure of the "middle" or " expected " value of
- Tear gas is not a gas, but a (solid) crystalline substance. A lachrymatory agent or lachrymator (from lacrima meaning "a tear " in Latin) (commonly referred to as tear gas) is a This page is about the physical properties of gas as a state of matter 
- Mongooses are carnivorous mammals, not geese. A mongoose (plural mongooses) is a member of the family Herpestidae (although also used for some members of Eupleridae) a family of small Goose (plural geese) is the English name for a considerable number of Birds belonging to the family Anatidae.
- Machines commonly known as steamrollers are usually not steam-powered. A steamroller (or steam roller) is a form of Road roller &ndash a type of heavy construction machinery used for levelling surfaces such as roads or airfields A steam engine is a Heat engine that performs Mechanical work using Steam as its Working fluid. A better name is road roller. A road roller (sometimes called a roller-compactor, or just roller) is a Compactor type Engineering vehicle used to compact soil
- The titmouse is a bird, not a mouse. The tits, chickadees, and titmice comprise Paridae, a large family of small Passerine Birds which occur in the Northern hemisphere
- See also: Ambiguity
- British Isles is most commonly used to refer to constituent countries of the United Kingdom, British Crown dependencies and Ireland although the Republic of Ireland is not British politically. Ambiguity (Am-big-u-i-ty is the property of being ambiguous, where a Word, term notation sign Symbol, Phrase, sentence, or any The British Isles (Irish variously Na hOileáin Bhriotanacha, Oileáin Iarthair Eorpa, Éire agus an Bhreatain Mhór; Ellanyn Goaldagh Eileanan The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located See also Kingdom of Great Britain Great Britain (Breatainn Mhòr Prydain Fawr Breten Veur Graet Breetain is the larger of the two main islands The Crown Dependencies are possessions of The Crown in Right of the United Kingdom, as opposed to overseas territories or colonies of the United Ireland (pronounced /ˈaɾlənd/ Éire) is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world Ireland ( Irish: Éire, ˈeːrʲə is a country in north-western Europe.
- §Decimal is the name of the base-ten number system (it is Latin for "by tens", the adjective form of the noun decem, "ten"); it does not, as many people suppose, solely mean "fractional" — on the contrary, the base-ten system was called "decimal" for hundreds of years before the so-called "decimal fraction" notation was invented. The decimal ( base ten or occasionally denary) Numeral system has ten as its base. Latin ( lingua Latīna, laˈtiːna is an Italic language, historically spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. "Decimal fraction" notation works in any number base (not just base-ten); old computer manuals, from the time when low-level programming of floating-point routines was far more common than it is today, often speak of "binary fractions". In Computer science, a low-level programming language is a language that provides little or no abstraction from a computer's microprocessor.
- Former UK ISP Freeserve was not, as the name appeared to imply (an apparent implication picked-up upon in the advertisements of at least one rival), a service which didn't charge for use; it was so-called because would-be customers were free from the need to contract to using the service, i. Freeserve was a UK Internet Service Provider, founded in 1998 e. it was pay-as-you-go (and thus quite expensive for heavy users). This is one of many cases where the situational sense of "free" was or is confused with the fiscal sense.
- There are two cities named Kansas City (both dating to the 1860s), one in Kansas and one in Missouri. Kansas City Missouri only Items for the metro area Kansas City Kansas or North Kansas City MO should go on their respective pages Kansas ( is a Midwestern state in the central region of the United States of America, an area often referred to as the American " Missouri ( or) is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee Kansas City, Missouri is considerably larger and contains the metro area's downtown business district. Other major landmarks such as Kansas City International Airport lie in Missouri, and both the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals play there. Kansas City International Airport, originally named Mid-Continent International Airport The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City Missouri. The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. As a result, the term "Kansas City" can generally be assumed to refer either to the city in Missouri or to the metro area as a whole, and generally not to Kansas City, Kansas specifically. Kansas City Kansas. Items for the metro area should also go to the Kansas City Metropolitan Area page Items for Kansas City Missouri
- Middle East, Far East, and Sub-Saharan Africa are geo-political terms which are ambiguous. The Middle East is a Subcontinent with no clear boundaries often used as a synonym to Near East, in opposition to Far East. The Far East is a term often used by people in the Western world to refer to the countries of East Asia. Sub-Saharan Africa is a geographical term used to describe the area of the African continent which lies south of the Sahara, or those African countries
- In the United States, an Interstate Highway is a highway which is part of a jointly-funded system, not one which connects two or more states (see List of intrastate Interstate Highways for further information). The Dwight D Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, commonly called the Interstate Highway System (or simply the Interstate System) There are several intrastate Interstate Highways; that is Interstate Highways that are located entirely within one state
Association with place other than one might assume
- Arabic numerals originated in India, though they came to be associated with the Arab world. The arabic numerals (often capitalized are the ten Digits (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 which—along with the system India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country The araB gene Promoter is a bacterial promoter activated by e L-arabinose binding
- Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus) did not originate in Norway, but from North China. Norway ( Norwegian: Norge ( Bokmål) or Noreg ( Nynorsk) officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Constitutional
- Panama hats are made in Ecuador, but are associated with Panama as they were widely worn during construction of the Panama Canal. A Panama hat or just Panama is a traditional brimmed Hat of Ecuadorian origin that is made from the plaited leaves of the toquilla straw plant ( For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Ecuador topics. Panama, officially the Republic of Panama (República de Panamá) is the southernmost country of Central America. The Panama Canal is a man-made Canal in Panama which joins the
- Mongolian barbecue is neither Mongolian in origin nor barbecue. Mongolian barbecue ( is a Restaurant style of Stir frying Meats and Vegetables over a large round solid iron Griddle Mongolia (mɒŋˈɡoʊliə, literally Mongol country/nation,) is a Landlocked Country in East barbeque block party Kansas cityjpg|thumb|right|275px|A barbecue on a trailer at a Block party in Kansas City.
- French fries did not originate in France. French fries ( North American English; sometimes not capitalized chips ( British English) fries or French-fried potatoes (formal This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. There are some doubts about their origin, but they most likely were invented in Belgium. The Kingdom of Belgium is a Country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters as well as those They're called "French" because vegetables sliced in that manner are called "julienned", which sounds French. Julienning is a method of Food preparation in which the Food item is cut into long thin strips
- Hollandaise sauce was created by the French after the manner of a Dutch sauce. Hollandaise sauce is an Emulsion of Butter and Lemon juice using Egg yolks as the emulsifying agent usually seasoned with Salt and
- Many of the states in the Midwestern United States (particularly the states which also make up the Great Lakes Region) are not actually in the middle-western part of the country. The Great Lakes region includes much of the Canadian province of Ontario and portions of eight U
- Several sports teams have names which do not fit their current location very well, typically because they retained a nickname which made more sense in a previous location:
- The Utah Jazz kept their nickname after moving from New Orleans. Sport is an Activity that is governed by a set of rules or Customs and often engaged in competitively The Utah Jazz is a professional Basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. New Orleans (nʲuːˈɔrliənz nʲuːˈɔrlənz French: La Nouvelle-Orléans) is a major United States port city and the largest city in Louisiana
- The Memphis Grizzlies formerly played in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Memphis Grizzlies are a professional Basketball team based in Memphis Tennessee. Vancouver (vænˈkuːvɚ is a coastal Grizzly bears are common in British Columbia, which justified the name Vancouver Grizzlies — but there are no grizzlies in Tennessee. The Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis, also known as the Silvertip Bear, is a Subspecies of Brown bear (Ursus arctos that lives British Columbia (ˌbrɪtɨʃ kəˈlʌmbiə ( BC) ( (la Colombie-Britannique C The Memphis Grizzlies are a professional Basketball team based in Memphis Tennessee. Tennessee ( is a state located in the Southern United States. (Ironically, there was a short-lived football team called the Memphis Grizzlies in the 1970s, however. The Memphis Southmen was a franchise in the World Football League which operated in 1974 and 1975. )
- The Los Angeles Lakers play in a city with very few lakes: they used to be the Minneapolis Lakers, who played in Minnesota, the "Land of 10,000 Lakes. The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA team based in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Lakers franchise has a long and storied history predating the formation of the National Basketball Association (NBA Minnesota ( Native Americans demonstrated the name to early settlers " (Minnesota's nickname is itself a slight misnomer: the state has roughly 12,000 lakes. )
- The Los Angeles Dodgers' nickname refers to their old location in Brooklyn: Brooklynites used to be nicknamed "Trolley Dodgers. The Los Angeles Dodgers are a Major League Baseball team based in Los Angeles California, USA Brooklyn (named after the Dutch town Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. Trolley dodger was a Pejorative term of Manhattanites for residents of Brooklyn New York from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th "
- Several sports teams play at venues in the metro area they represent, but not in the city proper. Sport is an Activity that is governed by a set of rules or Customs and often engaged in competitively Some examples are:
- The Detroit Pistons play in Auburn Hills. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the US state of Michigan.
- The Washington Redskins play in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins are a professional American football team based in the Washington D Landover is an area of Prince George's County in the State of Maryland in the United States of America.
- The New York Jets and New York Giants play in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Jets are a professional American football team based in the New York metropolitan area. The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in the New York City suburb of East Rutherford New Jersey. East Rutherford is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States.
- Milwall FC have long since moved from Millwall, Isle of Dogs, to New Cross. Millwall Football Club are an English professional football team based at The New Den, referred to by fans as The Den in Bermondsey, For the football team see Millwall FC. Millwall is an area in London, on the western side of the Isle of Dogs, in The Isle of Dogs is a former island in the East End of London that is surrounded on three sides (east south and west by one of the largest Meanders in New Cross is a place and an electoral ward in the London Borough of Lewisham, it is covered by London postal district SE14
- Arsenal FC are no longer based in Woolwich, but in Highbury. Woolwich (ˈwʊlɪtʃ or /ˈwʊlɪdʒ/ is a suburb in south-east London, England in the London Borough of Greenwich, on the south side of the River Highbury is an area in the London Borough of Islington. It lies between the following places Finsbury Park, north of Highbury
- Chelsea FC are in Fulham — they have never been based in Chelsea as land prices there are far too high. Fulham (pronounced "fullum" is an area of south-west London in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, (the successor to the Metropolitan Borough of Fulham Chelsea is an area of south-west London, England, bounded to the south by the River Thames, where its frontage runs from Chelsea Bridge along
- Wimbledon FC moved in 2003 to Milton Keynes, although the relocated team (now renamed Milton Keynes Dons FC) are officially no longer regarded as a continuation of the original; in protest at the move, a team called AFC Wimbledon was formed, which is regarded (albeit unofficially) as the continuation of the old team. This article refers to the original club from London which existed until 2004 Milton Keynes ( ˌmɪltənˈkiːnz often abbreviated to MK, is a large town
- 10 of the 16 Australian Football League teams are based in the Melbourne conurbation. The Australian Football League (AFL is both the professional Australian national competition in the Sport of Australian Rules Football and its highest Melbourne ( is the second most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 3 Of these, only the Melbourne Demons and Geelong Cats play their home games in the communities they are named after. This article is about the Australian rules club for the Football (soccer club see Melbourne Victory FC. Geelong Football Club, nicknamed The Cats, is a professional Australian rules football club based in the city of Geelong. Also, in Western Australia, the Fremantle Dockers play their home games in nearby Perth instead of Fremantle: they share their home ground with the West Coast Eagles. Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent. Fremantle Football Club, unofficially nicknamed The Dockers and known informally as "Freo" is one of 16 teams in the Australian Football League (AFL Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. Fremantle (commonly known as Freo is a Port City in Western Australia, located southwest of Perth, the state capital at the mouth of West Coast Eagles Football Club is an Australian rules football club competing in the Australian Football League.
- Several colleges and universities are named after cities other than the one where they are located (typically because they moved within the same metropolitan area):
- Boston College's campus is located in the Towns of Newton, Massachusetts and Brookline, Massachusetts
- Manhattan College is located not in Manhattan but rather in Bronxville, New York (a town whose name is itself something of a misnomer because it is not part of The Bronx. A university is an institution of Higher education and Research, which grants Academic degrees in a variety of subjects For similarly-named academic institutions see Education in Boston MA. The City of Newton in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, is an important residential Suburb of Boston, which abuts it on the east Brookline is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States, which borders on the cities of Boston and Newton. Manhattan College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college in the Lasallian tradition in New York City. Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York Bronxville is a village within the town of Eastchester, New York. )
- Manhattanville College is located in Purchase, New York (not far from Bronxville) and not in the Manhattanville neighborhood in Manhattan. Manhattanville College is a private Coeducational Liberal arts college located in Purchase, New York, USA. Purchase New York is a hamlet of the town of Harrison, in Westchester County. Manhattanville is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan bordered on the south by Morningside Heights on the west by Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York
- Binghamton University is located in Vestal, New York
- Norwich University is located not in Norwich, Vermont but rather in Northfield, Vermont, a town about 75 km from Norwich. The State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY Binghamton or Binghamton University is one of the four university centers in New York State’s system of Vestal is a Town within Broome County in the Southern Tier of New York, Norwich University (NU is a Private university located in Northfield, Vermont. Norwich is a town in Windsor County, Vermont, United States, located along the Connecticut River Northfield is a town in Washington County
- French horns originated in Germany, not France.
- Motorsports Grands Prix do not necessarily take place in the countries giving their names, mostly because there is already a Grand Prix taking place in the country where the track is located; for example the San Marino Grand Prix used to take place in Imola, Italy because the Italian Grand Prix is held at Monza. The San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One championship race which was run at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in the town of Imola, near the Imola ( Iômla in the local dialect is a town Comune in the Province of Bologna, located on the Santerno river in the Emilia-Romagna The Italian Grand Prix ( Gran Premio d'Italia) is one of the longest running events on the Motor racing calendar Monza ( Munscia in Western Lombard) is a city on the river Lambro, a tributary of the Po, in the Lombardy region of Italy
- The Canary Islands are not named after the canary, but dogs, the Latin word for dogs being canis. The Canary Islands ( English pronunciation kəˈnæriː ˈaɪləndz Spanish: Islas Canarias, ˈizlas kaˈnarjas are a Spanish The Canary ( Serinus canaria) also called the Island Canary, Atlantic Canary or Common Canary, is a small Passerine Bird The dog ( Canis lupus familiaris) is a domesticated Subspecies of the gray wolf, a Mammal of the Canidae family of the order In fact, the bird was named after the islands, and not the other way round.
- Derby and Lancaster are no longer the county towns of Derbyshire and Lancashire respectively; those roles are now filled by Matlock and by Preston respectively. Derby (pronounced "dar-bee" /dˈɑːbɪ/ is a city in the East Midlands of England. Lancaster (pronounced ˈlæŋˌkæstə or ˈlænˌkæstə is a City in Lancashire, England. A county town is the 'capital' of a County in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. History The area that is now Derbyshire was first visited probably briefly by humans 200000 years ago during the Aveley Interglacial as evidenced by a Middle Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea Matlock is the County town of Derbyshire, England. It is situated at the south eastern edge of the Peak District, and is twinned Preston ( ˈprɛstən is a city and local government district in Lancashire, England, located on the River Ribble. Interestingly, Nottingham (which is near Derby and is the county town of Nottinghamshire) has grown so large that some of its suburbs are in Derbyshire. Nottingham ( is a city in the Ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire, England. Nottinghamshire (abbreviated Notts) is an English county in the East Midlands, which borders South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire South San Jose (cropjpg||thumb|A suburban development in San Jose California.
- §Chinese checkers did not originate in China (or even Asia). Chinese Checkers is a Board game that can be played by two to six people China ( Wade-Giles ( Mandarin) Chung¹kuo² is a cultural region, an ancient Civilization, and depending on perspective a National The name was meant to sound more exotic to American ears.
- §India ink is made in China. "Indian ink" redirects here For the play by Tom Stoppard see Indian Ink (play. China ( Wade-Giles ( Mandarin) Chung¹kuo² is a cultural region, an ancient Civilization, and depending on perspective a National
- §English horn refers to an alto oboe with an angled mouthpiece. The cor anglais, or English horn, is a Double reed Woodwind Musical instrument in the Oboe family "English" simply mistranslates the French for "angled"; "horn" would seem to indicate a brass instrument rather than a woodwind.
- Despite its name, the §Jerusalem artichoke has no relation to Jerusalem, and little to do with artichokes. The Jerusalem artichoke ( Helianthus tuberosus) also called the sunroot or sunchoke or earth apple or topinambur, is a species Jerusalem derives from Girasole, the Italian word for sunflower, by folk etymology. Folk etymology is a term used in two distinct ways A commonly held misunderstanding of the origin of a particular word a False etymology. The taste of the tuber of a Jerusalem artichoke merely resembles the taste of the leaves of the Globe Artichoke.
- Only four of the sixteen teams in the Pacific Coast League – Portland, Tacoma, Fresno and Sacramento – are located in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Coast League (PCL is a Minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. The Portland Beavers are a Minor league baseball team representing Portland, Oregon in the Pacific Coast League (PCL The Tacoma Rainiers are a Minor league baseball team that plays in the Pacific Coast League (PCL and are the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners The Fresno Grizzlies are a Minor league baseball team based in Fresno California. The Sacramento River Cats are a Minor league baseball team based in Sacramento, California. The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth 's Oceanic divisions
- All fourteen teams in the International League are located within one country, the United States (however the Syracuse Chiefs are affiliated with a Canadian team, the Toronto Blue Jays). The International League ( IL) is a Minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Syracuse Chiefs are a Minor league baseball team based in Syracuse New York, and are the new Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page The Toronto Blue Jays are a professional baseball team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Naming peculiar to the originator's world view
- The tremolo arm on guitars is used to produce vibrato; not tremolo. A tremolo arm or tremolo bar (also called a "whammy bar" or "wang bar" is a lever attached to the bridge and/or the Tailpiece of Vibrato is a musical effect produced in singing and on musical instruments by a regular pulsating change of pitch, and is used to add expression and vocal-like qualities to Tremolo, or tremolando, is a Musical term with several meanings A regular and repetitive variation in Amplitude for the duration Conversely, a vibrato unit produces tremolo, not vibrato. A vibrato unit is an Effects unit used to modify the sound of an Electric guitar by producing a regular variation in the Amplitude (volume of the sound Both terms are due to electric guitar pioneer Leo Fender. Clarence Leonidas Fender ( August 10, 1909 - March 21, 1991) also known as Leo Fender, was an American inventor who
- As European explorers mistook the Americas for India, the native peoples were called Indians. The Native American name controversy is an ongoing dispute over the acceptable ways to refer to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas and to the broad subsets thereof such Similarly, the West Indies were so called after India. The Caribbean (ˌkærəˡbiən kæ'rəbiən Cariben|Caraïben or Caraïben; Caraïbe or more commonly Antilles; Caribe is a Region consisting Ironically, the term "Native American" is not only just as wrong as "American Indian", but it is wrong in the same way; while the latter term implies that the people descended from the original population of the Americas were born elsewhere, the former term implies that they are the only inhabitants who were not. In a similar irony, the name "Indians" for those living on the Indian subcontinent was also applied by travelers from Europe and Asia Minor. The term referred to those peoples living beyond (from the travelers' point of view) the Hindus river. They applied the term "Indian" to the people and "Hindu" to the panopaly of religious beliefs of those people. Thus, there has never been any particular tribe or population of people, either in the western hemisphere or the eastern, who name themselves "Indian. " The term has always only been used by outsiders, never (at least originally) by the people themselves who were labeled with that name.
- Newfoundland was considered newly found by those who so named it, but had first been inhabited at least 5,000 years before. Newfoundland — ˈn(jufənˌlænd (Terre-Neuve Talamh an Éisc — is a large island 15 km off the east coast of
- Greenland is mostly Arctic and Iceland is mostly tundra (the settled portions of Greenland are green). Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat meaning "Land of the Greenlanders" Grønland is a self-governing Danish Province located between the Iceland, officially the Republic of Iceland ( ( Ísland or Lýðveldið Ísland ( In physical Geography, tundra is an area where the Tree growth is hindered by low temperatures and short growing seasons
- Anti-Semitism is prejudice against Jews, not all Semites. Antisemitism (alternatively spelled anti-semitism or anti-Semitism; also rarely known as judeophobia) is the Prejudice against or hostility PLEASE TAKE NOTE************ In Linguistics and Ethnology, Semitic (from the Biblical " Shem " Hebrew שם translated as "name" Arabic: ساميّ
- The term "American" is frequently used to mean a citizen of the United States of America, despite the fact that anyone who lives in the Americas is technically an "American". The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere or New World, consisting of the Continents of North America and South America
- Christian science and creation science are religious movements, not sciences. Christian Science is believed by its supporters to be a system of spiritually scientific truths which are summed up in the two commandments having one God one Mind one Life Truth Creation science or scientific creationism is a movement within Creationism which attempts to use scientific means to disprove the accepted scientific theories on Science (from the Latin scientia, meaning " Knowledge " or "knowing" is the effort to discover, and increase human understanding
- In logic, begging the question is a type of fallacy occurring in deductive reasoning in which the proposition to be proved is assumed implicitly or explicitly in one of the premises. Logic is the study of the principles of valid demonstration and Inference. In Logic, begging the question has traditionally described a type of Logical fallacy (also called petitio principii) in which the proposition A fallacy is a component of an Argument which being demonstrably flawed in its Logic or form renders the argument invalid in whole Deductive reasoning is Reasoning which uses deductive Arguments to move from given statements ( Premises to Conclusions which must be true if the In Logic and Philosophy, proposition refers to either (a the content or Meaning of a meaningful Declarative sentence In Logic, an argument is a Set of one or more Declarative sentences (or "propositions") known as the Premises along However, more recently, "begs the question" has been used as a synonym for "raises the question". In Logic, begging the question has traditionally described a type of Logical fallacy (also called petitio principii) in which the proposition
- A quantum leap is properly an instantaneous change, which may be either large or small. In Physics, a quantum leap or quantum jump is a change of an Electron from one energy state to another within an Atom. In physics, it is the smallest possible changes that are of particular interest. Physics (Greek Physis - φύσις in everyday terms is the Science of Matter and its motion. In vernacular usage, however, the term is often taken to imply an abrupt large change.
- In common usage, a "steep" learning curve implies a difficult learning problem; but on the actual learning curve graph, a steep curve describes a rapid reduction in production cost per unit produced, indicating rapid (easy) learning by the production staff. The term learning curve refers to the graphical relation between the amount of Learning and the time it takes to learn
- English speakers frequently ask "why are hamburgers called that when the meat content is beef?"; this is a false analysis (ham–burger; the correct analysis is hamburg–er) resulting from failure to realize that this word is named after the town of Hamburg (most likely the German city, following the tradition in German-speaking countries of naming snack foods after the town with which they're most associated (e. A hamburger (or burger) is a Sandwich consisting of a cooked ground Meat Patty, usually Beef, placed in a sliced bun or between g. "weiner" (Vienna, hotdog), "berliner" (Berlin, doughnut)), although some believe it to be named after the town in New York). The presence of the English word "ham" is coincidental. Coincidence is the noteworthy alignment of two or more events or circumstances without obvious causal connection
- History derives from the Greek histrios "saga"; it has no connection with the English phrase "his story", and folk etymologies which claim that it does are instances of false analysis. History is the study of the past particularly the written record Those who study history as a Profession are called Historians Etymology Folk etymology is a term used in two distinct ways A commonly held misunderstanding of the origin of a particular word a False etymology. For further examples of this kind of reanalysis-misnomer, see False etymology. A false etymology is an assumed or postulated Etymology that current consensus among scholars of Historical linguistics holds to be incorrect
- Dry cleaning does not involve water, but immerses clothes in liquid solvents. Dry cleaning is any cleaning process for Clothing and Textiles using an organic Solvent rather than Water.
- The Quad damage power-up in the game Quake III Arena only triples the damage. The Quake series is a line of First person shooter Computer and video games produced by Id Software. Quake III Arena or Quake 3, abbreviated as Q3A or Q3, is a Multiplayer First-person shooter
- Despite the name, a magpie is not a pie or even a dessert. Magpies are Passerine Birds of the Crow family, Corvidae. The names ' Jay ' and 'magpie' are to a certain extent interchangeable A pie is a baked dish which is usually made of a Pastry dough shell that covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet or Savoury ingredients Dessert is a course that typically comes at the end of a meal usually consisting of sweet Food but sometimes of a strongly-flavored one such as some Cheeses The It is a type of bird. Birds ( class Aves) are bipedal endothermic ( Warm-blooded) Vertebrate animals that lay eggs.
- A radiator usually transfers more energy by convection than by radiation. Radiators and convectors are types of Heat exchangers designed to transfer Thermal energy from one medium to another for the purpose of cooling Convection in the most general terms refers to the movement of molecules within Fluids (i
- Some band names seem to refer to the bandleader when they actually do not.
- Darius Rucker from the band Hootie and the Blowfish is often referred to as "Hootie". Darius Rucker (born May 1 1966 in Charleston South Carolina) is an American musician Hootie & the Blowfish was an American rock band that enjoyed widespread popularity in the second half of the 1990s The nickname actually belongs to a friend from his university choir, who was never a member of the band.
- Debbie Harry from the band Blondie is often called "Blondie" (she is blond). Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry (born July 1 1945 is an American Singer-songwriter and Actress, most famous for being the lead singer for the Punk Blondie is an American rock band that first gained fame in the late 1970s and has so far sold over 60 million records
- Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull is often thought to be Jethro Tull; the band is instead named for the 17th century agriculturist. Ian Scott Anderson, MBE (born 10 August 1947 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland) is a Scottish Singer Jethro Tull are a British rock group formed in 1967-1968 Their music is marked by the distinctive vocal style and lead Flute work of front man Jethro Tull ( 30 March 1674 &ndash 21 February 1741) was an English agricultural pioneer during the period before
- The band Steely Dan has never featured a member named "Dan"; the band's name comes from the dildo in Naked Lunch. Steely Dan is a American rock band centered on core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. Naked Lunch (sometimes referred to as The Naked Lunch) is a novel by William S
- "Echo" is not a stage name for Echo and the Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch. Echo & the Bunnymen are an English Post-punk group formed in Liverpool in 1978
- James Dewees, singer of Reggie and the Full Effect, is commonly referred to as Reggie by unknowing fans. James Dewees (born March 13, 1976) is an American musician who has been involved in many musical projects including The Get Up Kids, Reggie and Reggie and the Full Effect is a Kansas City -based American music project featuring James Dewees who was the former drummer for Coalesce, keyboardist for
- The Marshall Tucker Band does not have a member named "Marshall Tucker". The Marshall Tucker Band is an American Southern rock band originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. According to the band's official website, Marshall Tucker was a blind piano tuner who had previously rented the warehouse the band practiced in.
- Fleetwood Mac is named after members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, but the original leader was Peter Green. Fleetwood Mac are a British / American Michael John Kells "Mick" Fleetwood (born on June 24, 1947 in Redruth, Cornwall, UK) is a British -born musician John Graham McVie (born on November 26, 1945) is a British Bass guitarist best known as a member of the rock group Fleetwood Mac. At least five notable persons have been named Peter Green: Peter Green (musician (b
- Although The Alan Parsons Project does have Alan Parsons as a member, its founder and leader is Eric Woolfson. The Alan Parsons Project was a British Progressive rock band active between 1975 and 1990 founded by Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons. Alan Parsons (b 20 December 1948 in London) is a British Audio engineer, Musician, and Record producer Eric Woolfson (born March 18, 1945 in the Charing Cross area of Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland) is a Scottish
- While Jim Heath uses "Reverend Horton" as his stage name, the full title "The Reverend Horton Heat" refers to his band. Reverend Horton Heat is both a three-piece Psychobilly / Rockabilly band from Dallas Texas and the Stage name of its Singer /
- No one in Pink Floyd is named either "Pink" or "Floyd" — the name derives from blues artists Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Pink Floyd are The Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of Music based on the use of the Blue notes It emerged as an accessible form of self-expression Pinkney "Pink" Anderson ( February 12 1900 — October 12 1974 After Dr Floyd Council ( September 2 1911 &ndash May 9 1976) was an American Blues guitarist and singer
- Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons were named after their leader, Frankie Valli. The Four Seasons (known off and on since 1967 as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons - although not shown that way on any of their hit records is an American Frankie Valli (born May 3, 1934 as Francis Stephen Castelluccio) is an American musician most famous as frontman of The 4 Seasons. However, the singing group only had four members, not five: logically, the name should have been "Frankie Valli & the 3 Seasons".
- The 1980s rock band League of Gentlemen actually included a lady: bassist Sara Lee. The League of Gentlemen is a quartet of British comedy writer/performers formed in 1995 by Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton The electric bass guitar (also called electric bass, or simply bass; ˈbeɪs as in "base" is a Stringed instrument played primarily with the
- Another popular band of that same era, Twisted Sister, was made up entirely of men, none of whom were siblings. Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band from New York City.
- The band Barenaked Ladies consists entirely of clothed men. Barenaked Ladies (often abbreviated BNL or occasionally BnL) is a Juno -winning and Grammy -nominated Canadian Alternative
- There is only one woman in the band Scissor Sisters, vocalist Ana Matronic. The Scissor Sisters is a Grammy Award -nominated American band that formed in 2001 Ana Matronic (born Ana Lynch, 14 August, 1974, Portland, Oregon) is the female lead singer for the Scissor Sisters
- In the United States, the term "college" traditionally refers to an institution which does not grant doctoral or professional degrees. College ( Latin collegium) is a term most often used today to denote an Educational Institution. However, there are some "colleges" which have a full range of graduate programs, such as Dartmouth College and Boston College. Dartmouth College ( is a private, Coeducational University located in Hanover, New Hampshire, U For similarly-named academic institutions see Education in Boston MA.
- Voltaire observed that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire. François-Marie Arouet ( 21 November 1694 30 May 1778) better known by the Pen name Voltaire, was a French The Holy Roman Empire ( HRE; German Heiliges Römisches Reich (HRR, Latin Sacrum Romanum Imperium (SRI was a union of territories in
- The Oktoberfest beer festival actually begins in September and ends in October; although it originally started in October, the dates have been pushed forward because the weather in September is more favourable. The Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany during late September (and running to early October Events in September It is the start of the academic year in many countries in the Northern Hemisphere. October events and holidays Children's Book Week ( England) - First Week of October National Day ( China People's Republic
- "I could care less" really means "I couldn't care less", but the former is more common despite the phrase being the opposite of the intended meaning. It is the same for "all but", which usually means "nothing but". Similarly, "quite a few" means "many" rather than "very few. "
- The "funny bone" is not a bone — the phrase instead refers to the ulnar nerve. Bones are rigid organs that form part of the Endoskeleton of Vertebrates They function to move support and protect the various organs of the body produce In Human anatomy, the ulnar nerve is a nerve which runs near the Ulna bone
- During its peak, rush hour often lasts more than an hour, with very little, if any, movement. Rush hour at Shinjuku 02JPG|thumb|right|250px|Rush hour at Shinjuku Station, Yamanote Line]] A rush hour or peak hour is a part of the day during which
- Despite the film's title, there are no sequels to Mel Brooks' History of the World Part I. Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky; June 28, 1926) is an American director, Writer, Composer, Lyricist History of the World Part I is a 1981 Film written produced and directed by Mel Brooks.
- Similarly, there are no prequels to Bill Cosby's Leonard Part 6. William Henry Cosby Jr (born July 12 1937 is an American Comedian, Actor, Author, Television producer and Activist. Leonard Part 6 is a 1987 Comedy film, that parodies spy movies and is directed by Paul Weiland and starring Bill Cosby, who also
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