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mis noh mer

  • n  an incorrect or unsuitable name

  • 'Protection money' is a misnomer in the extortion business.
  • Chickenpox has nothing to do with the barnyard fowl; this malady is a misnomer.
  • It is said that the term “embryonic stem cells” is a misnomer because the cells in question are not from embryos but rather from blastocysts, or undifferentiated, pre-embryonic masses of cells formed in the first stage after fertilization.
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  • Soha Ali Khan in Sify
    I think the female actors are far more intelligent than the male actors. I think it's a misnomer to say that actresses are not smart and I think they are deeply in touch with emotions,Soha said.
  • Mike Montgomery in Washington Post
    I think that's a little bit of a misnomer, in terms of being the top three-point shooting team in the country,Montgomery said. "I think that's statistics. We really got off to a fast start and our percentage was way up, almost uncanny, and...
  • Robert Wilder in Red Herring
    I would not use the word 'clean' anywhere near the word 'coal,'says Robert Wilder, CEO of WilderShares, which manages three energy indices. "It'sa misnomer; coal is inherently dirty."

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