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A Word A Day — misnomer

Good morning, Netizens...

November 17, 2012

Word of the Day

  • misnomer
  • audio pronunciation
  • \miss-NOH-mer\


: the misnaming of a person in a legal instrument
a : a use of a wrong or inappropriate name b : a wrong name or inappropriate designation

"International Airport" is something of a misnomer, since almost all of the arriving and departing planes fly short, commuter routes involving no border crossing.

"Can tires transform a two-wheel-drive truck into a winter warrior? That was the question after my new-to-me pickup had sat through its first winter with only so-called all-season tires, a misnomer at best in Canada. All-season tires, of course, bring you the worst of both worlds: they're not ideal in summer and they're far from ideal in winter, too." — From a column by Kelly Taylor in The Chronicle Herald, October 2, 2012

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