misnomer : Common Errors in English

About misnomer

A misnomer is a mistake in naming a thing; calling a debit card a “credit card” is a misnomer. Do not use the term more generally to designate other sorts of confusion, misunderstood concepts, or fallacies, and above all do not render this word as “misnamer.”

misnomer Meaning(s)

  • (n) an incorrect or unsuitable name

misnomer in News

  1. Health Insurance May Become Unaffordable for Low-Wage Workers

    The Affordable Care Act may be a misnomer for some working-class people. It simultaneously requires people to acquire health insurance or pay a penalty next year, and large companies to provide an affordable ...
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Money Talks News via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Bag ban bad for freedom and environment

    The description of plastic grocery bags as “single-use” bags is a misnomer. The vast majority of people use them more than once, whether for lining trash bins or picking up after their dogs.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: U-T San Diego

  3. Annapolis entry Fireball captures first place in PHRF 1 for Annapolis-Newport

    That Fireball was listed as a first-time entry in the Annapolis-to-Newport Race was a bit of a misnomer.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CapitalGazette.com

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