Sunday, August 23, 2009

Some Misnomers

A misnomer is a term which suggests an interpretation that is known to be untrue. Here are a few examples:

* An inchworm is neither an inch long, nor a worm.

* Greenland is icy and Iceland is greener)

* Panama hats are not made in Panama, but Ecuador

* The “lead” in pencils is made of graphite and clay, not lead

* Northwestern University is in northeastern Illinois, a midwestern state.

* “Tin foil” is almost always actually aluminum.

* Catgut is made from sheep intestines.

* The Hundred Years’ War did not last for 100 years but 116.

* Head cheese is actually a meat product.

* “Horny toads” or “horned frogs” are actually lizards.

* Though a starfish is star-shaped, as the name suggests, it is not a fish.

* An inchworm is neither an inch long, nor a worm.

* The titmouse is a bird, not a mouse.

* Jellyfish are not fish.

* The Washington Redskins play in Landover, Maryland.

* The New York Jets and New York Giants play in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

* Scotland Yard is located in England.

* The “funny bone” is not a bone — the phrase instead refers to the ulnar nerve.

* During its peak, rush hour often lasts more than an hour, with very little, if any, movement.

* A parkway is a type of street or road where parking is generally prohibited.

* A residential driveway is intended for parking.

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