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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: Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to everyday speech. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ...

  • 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)
  • An older name being retained even in the face of newer information (e.g., Chinese checkers, Arabic numerals).
  • 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. 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. Similarly, fireflies fly like flies, ladybugs look and act like bugs. Botanically, peanuts look and taste like nuts and palm trees are classified scientifically as related to grass. 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). 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.
  • 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.

Where items belong in multiple sections, they are listed in the first appropriate section and one or more coloured sectionmarks are used to indicate other sections in which they also belong. For instance, §§Guinea pig is listed under Similarity, but also belongs in Association with place other than one might assume and Reanalysis. The tags used to refer to other sections are: Chinese checkers Chinese checkers or Chinese chequers is a board game that can be played by two to six people. ... For other uses, see Arabic numerals (disambiguation). ... Meteor redirects here. ... For other uses, see Koala (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Bear (disambiguation). ... For the science fiction television series, see Firefly (TV series). ... For other uses, see Fly (disambiguation) and Flies (disambiguation). ... Ladybird and ladybug redirect here. ... Suborders Archaeorrhyncha Clypeorrhyncha Prosorrhyncha Sternorrhyncha Hemiptera is a large, cosmopolitan order of insects, comprising some 67,500 known species in three suborders. ... This article is about the legume. ... For other uses, see Nut (disambiguation). ... Genera Many; see list of Arecaceae genera Arecaceae (also known as Palmae or Palmaceae), the palm family, is a family of flowering plants, belonging to the monocot order Arecales. ... For other uses, see Grass (disambiguation). ... Harden Parkway in Salinas, CA. For other uses, see Parkway (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Road (disambiguation). ... Panama Hat made for Harry Truman Panama hats sold on a street market in Ecuador A Panama hat or just Panama is a traditional brimmed hat that is made from the plaited leaves of the panama-hat palm (Carludovica palmata). ... The Panama Canal is a waterway in Central America which joins the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. ... Look up Anachronism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Unsolved problems in Egyptology: Did Egyptians have some form of understanding of electricity? Did the Egyptians use batteries? What is the relief at Dendera? The Dendera light is a stone relief located in the Hathor temple at the Dendera Temple complex in Egypt. ... Entrance to the Dendera Temple Complex Dendera Temple complex, (Ancient Egyptian: Iunet or Tantere). ...

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Older name retained

  • The May balls and May Bumps (boat race) at Cambridge University no longer take place in May but during "May Week" in June.
  • Fixed income markets no longer deal predominantly with fixed (known) payments.
  • Fullscreen is a term commonly used for home viewing releases (DVD, VHS, etc.) of theatrical films to differentiate from their widescreen counterpart. 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). 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".
  • 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. The graphite and clay mix is known as plumbum, meaning "lead ore" in Latin, and is still known as "black lead" in Keswick, Cumbria.
  • §Northwestern University is in northeastern Illinois, a midwestern state. Illinois was, however, part of the historical Northwest Territory.
  • 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. 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. 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.
  • The designation §Castilian Spanish refers to a standard dialect historically associated with Castile.[1]
  • §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.
  • 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".
  • Chess players with little skill are often referred to as "woodpushers", even though modern chess pieces are mostly made of plastic.
  • 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. It has also previously included teams from New Jersey and Canada.
  • Telephone numbers are sometimes referred to as being "dialed" despite the fact that rotary phones are now rare.
  • "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.
  • When a computer program is electronically transferred from disk to memory, this is referred to as "loading" the program. "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.
  • 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 or rugby football themselves have little to with foot or ball; a more accurate term instead of football would be handoblate.
  • Bicycles are (in the UK at least) often referred to as "push bikes"[citation needed], 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).
  • 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. (The Windows Vista version is simply called "Hearts".)

The bridge over the River Cam at Clare College during its 2005 May Ball. ... 1st & 3rd Trinity II about to bump Caius II to go top of the 2nd division on day 2 of the 2005 May Bumps The May Bumps (also May Races, Mays) is a rowing race held on the River Cam in Cambridge. ... The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, with one of the most selective sets of entry requirements in the United Kingdom. ... May Week is the name used within the University of Cambridge to refer to the week at the end of the academic year. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A 2. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... The Wikipedia main page as viewed with a widescreen monitor. ... The 16:9 aspect ratio (also known as widescreen) is an aspect ratio that is 16/9 or 1. ... High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... For other uses, see Aspect ratio. ... A 2. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of the entertainment industry. ... Digital video is a type of video recording system that works by using a digital, rather than analog, of the video signal. ... General Name, Symbol, Number lead, Pb, 82 Chemical series Post-transition metals or poor metals Group, Period, Block 14, 6, p Appearance bluish gray Standard atomic weight 207. ... This article is about the handwriting instrument. ... For other uses, see Graphite (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Clay (disambiguation). ... The Moot Hall in the centre of Keswick. ... Cumbria (IPA: ), is a shire county in the extreme North West of England. ... Northwestern University (NU) is a selective private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university with campuses located in Evanston, Illinois and downtown Chicago, Illinois. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... The Northwest Territory, also known as the Old Northwest and the Territory North West of the Ohio, was a governmental region within the early United States. ... A blackboard, with multiple colors of chalk A blackboard or chalkboard is a reusable writing surface on which text or drawings are made with chalk or other erasable markers. ... Tin foil or tinfoil is a thin leaf made of tin. ... Aluminum redirects here. ... For the American naval slang term, see destroyer. ... Plating is the general name surface-covering techniques in which a metal is deposited onto a conductive surface. ... This article is about the metallic chemical element. ... This article is about machines that convert wind energy into mechanical energy. ... This article is about the machine for converting the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical energy. ... Carbon copying, often abbreviated to c. ... Spanish () or Castilian () is an Iberian Romance language. ... Coat of arms Kingdom of Castile in the 15th century. ... Clapham Junction is a railway station located in Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth. ... Battersea is a place in the London Borough of Wandsworth. ... The London Borough of Wandsworth is a London borough in south west London, England and forms part of Inner London. ... For other places with the same name, see Clapham (disambiguation). ... The London Borough of Lambeth is a London borough in South London, England and forms part of Inner London. ... A group of “quad bike” all terrain vehicles The term all-terrain vehicle is used in a general sense to describe any of a number of small open motorised buggies and tricycles designed for off-road use. ... For other uses, see Bicycle (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Western board game. ... The New York - Penn League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the northeastern United States. ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... A German Fe TAp 615, a widespread rotary dial telephone of the 1960s to the 1980s 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, corresponding to the number dialed. ... Audio & Visual Media Digital media (as opposed to analog media) usually refers to electronic media that work on digital codes. ... Look up analog, analogue in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. ... Bottom view of VHS videotape cassette with magnetic tape exposed Videotape is a means of recording images and sound onto magnetic tape as opposed to movie film. ... A computer program is a collection of instructions that describe a task, or set of tasks, to be carried out by 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 platters). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... A CTR census machine, utilizing a punched card system. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Bicycle (disambiguation). ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... For the Scottish football club, see Heart of Midlothian F.C.. Hearts (also Black Lady, Chase the Lady and Black Maria [1]) is a trick-taking card game for three or more players; the version for four is perhaps the best known, since the game is often included with Microsoft... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... A computer network is an interconnection of a group of computers. ... Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ...


  • An asteroid is not a star-like object as the name suggests, but a smaller object orbiting a star. 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" may be a re-analysis of "Guyana", though they originate from the Andes and not Guyana.
  • A multi-valued function is not mathematical function in the proper definition.
  • 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.
  • A disk laser usually is not disk at all; only the pumped region (sometimes) has a disk-shaped form.
  • A lead crystal is not a crystalline solid but an amorphous glass.
  • The Nintendo GameCube is not a cube because the sides are not all squares.
  • The Hundred Years' War did not last for 100 years but 116. 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. 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.
  • Catgut is made from sheep intestines.
  • Podcasting is not limited to the iPod, nor does the technology involve any casting as the consumers pull audio data onto their audio players. 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.
  • Smoked glass is so-called because it looks like smoke, not because it is literally kippered. It is actually a type of stained glass.
  • Salad cream (a mayonnaise substitute) is so-called because mayonnaise is often (although not exclusively, as implied) used as a salad dressing. Unlike mayonnaise, salad cream is not particularly creamy.
  • An egg cream is really chocolate flavored water with seltzer and milk. It has no eggs and no cream.
  • Eggplants are not related to eggs.
  • Egg roll is an appetizer usually made by wrapping a combination of chopped vegetables.
  • Head cheese is actually a meat product.
  • Grape-Nuts are made from neither grapes nor nuts.
  • Hotdog is never made from a dog.[citation needed]
  • A Mountain Beaver (Aplodontia rufa) is a primitive rodent unrelated, though fairly similar in appearance, to beavers not usually found in mountainous areas.
  • "Horny toads" or "horned frogs" are actually lizards.
  • 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 6.09(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 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. It actually refers to the school's team colors.
  • Photoshopping is often done with image editors other than Adobe Photoshop, such as Paint Shop Pro.

For other uses, see Asteroid (disambiguation). ... This article is about the astronomical object. ... For other uses, see Guinea pig (disambiguation). ... This article is about the mountain system in South America. ... This diagram does not represent a true function; because the element 3, in X, is associated with two elements b and c, in Y. In mathematics, a multivalued function is a total relation; i. ... In mathematics, generalized functions are objects generalizing the notion of functions. ... // An optically-pumped disk laser A disk laser is a type of solid-state laser characterized by a heat drain and laser output that are realized on opposite sides of a thin layer of active medium. ... Lead crystal beads Lead crystal, (also called crystal), is lead glass that has been hand or machine cut with facets. ... Crystal (disambiguation) Insulin crystals A crystal is a solid in which the constituent atoms, molecules, or ions are packed in a regularly ordered, repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions. ... An amorphous solid is a solid in which there is no long-range order of the positions of the atoms. ... This article is about the material. ... The Nintendo GameCube (GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... A cube[1] is a three-dimensional solid object bounded by six square faces, facets or sides, with three meeting at each vertex. ... During the swing era, the late 1920s to 1947, jazz musicians and their followers were called hepcats, and hep was used to describe people who were in the know, about music, night life, drugs, sex, etc. ... Combatants France Castile Scotland Genoa Majorca Bohemia Crown of Aragon Brittany England Burgundy Brittany Portugal Navarre Flanders Hainaut Aquitaine Luxembourg Holy Roman Empire The Hundred Years War was a conflict between France and England, lasting 116 years from 1337 to 1453. ... ‹ The template below (Citations missing) is being considered for deletion. ... This article is about explosive devices. ... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... This article is about the military term. ... The city heart of Rotterdam after being terror bombed by Germany in 1940, the ruin of the (now restored) Laurens Kerk is the only building that reminds people of Rotterdams medieval architecture. ... Catgut is the name applied to cord of great toughness and tenacity prepared from the intestines of sheep/goat, or occasionally from those of the hog, horse, mule, pig, and donkey. ... Species See text. ... A podcast is a series of digital-media files which are distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and computers. ... iPod is a brand of portable media players designed and marketed by Apple Inc. ... Cloud-to-ground lightning in Algiers (Algeria) Heat lightning (or, in the UK, summer lightning) is a misnomer for the faint flashes of lightning on the horizon or other clouds from distant thunderstorms that do not have accompanying sounds of thunder. ... Sugar soap is an industrial cleaning material, with a variable composition and supplied in either powdered or liquid form. ... This article is about sugar as food and as an important and widely-traded commodity. ... For other uses, see Soap (disambiguation). ... This article is about the material. ... Strictly speaking, stained glass is glass that has been painted with silver stain and then fired. ... For the song by The Smashing Pumpkins, see Mayonaise (song). ... An egg cream is a classic New York City beverage consisting of chocolate syrup (Almost always Foxs U-bet chocolate syrup in New York), milk, and seltzer (soda water), probably dating from the late 19th century, and is especially associated with Brooklyn, home of its inventor, candy shop owner... Aubergine redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Head cheese is in fact not a cheese, but rather a terrine made of meat taken from the head of a calf or pig (sometimes a sheep or cow) that would not otherwise be considered appealing. ... For other uses, see Meat (disambiguation). ... A box of Grape Nuts. ... This article is about the fruits of the genus Vitis. ... For other uses, see Nut (disambiguation). ... A large hot dog with ketchup A hot dog is classified as a type of sausage or, alternatively, a sandwich on a suitably shaped bun with the sausage and condiments on it. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domestic subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. ... Binomial name (Rafinesque, 1817) The Mountain Beaver (Aplodontia rufa) is a primitive rodent unrelated to beavers and not usually found in mountainous areas. ... Binomial name Phrynosoma cornutum (Harlan, 1825) The Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) is one of 14 North American species of spikey-bodied reptiles called horned lizards. ... For other uses, see Lizard (disambiguation). ... This article is about the sport. ... In baseball, a ground rule double is any award of two bases from the time of pitch to all baserunners including the batter-runner. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Ground rule double. ... The Official Baseball Rules govern all professional play in the United States and Canada. ... In baseball, an uncaught third strike (also incorrectly known as a dropped third strike) occurs when the catcher fails to cleanly catch a pitch which is the third strike. ... Stanford redirects here. ... Having no offical mascot, the athletic teams at Stanford University are referred to as Stanford Cardinal. ... Genera Periporphyrus Saltator Caryothraustes Parkerthraustes Rhodothraupis Cardinalis Pheucticus Cyanocompsa Guiraca Passerina Spiza The Cardinals or Cardinalidae are a family of passerine birds found in North and South America. ... Cardinal is a vivid red, which gets its name from the cassocks worn by Catholic cardinals. ... ... Photoshop redirects here. ... Paint Shop Pro (PSP) is a bitmap graphics editor and vector graphics editor for computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system that was originally published by Minneapolis-based Jasc Software. ...

Difference between common and technical meanings

This article is about the biological superfamily. ... For the TV show Monkey see Monkey (TV series) Cynomolgus Monkey at Batu Caves, Malaysia A monkey is any member of two of the three groupings of simian primates. ... For other uses, see Coconut (disambiguation). ... Look up nut in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Fruit (disambiguation). ... New York City waterways: 1. ... Over-Simplified diagram A strait is a narrow channel of water that connects two larger bodies of water, and thus lies between two land masses. ... Pierre de Fermats conjecture written in the margin of his copy of Arithmetica proved to be one of the most intriguing and enigmatic mathematical problems ever devised. ... In mathematics, a conjecture is a mathematical statement which appears likely to be true, but has not been formally proven to be true under the rules of mathematical logic. ... For the science fiction television series, see Firefly (TV series). ... For other uses, see Fly (disambiguation) and Flies (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Beetle (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Koala (disambiguation). ... This article is about mammals. ... A light-year, symbol ly, is the distance light travels in one year: exactly 9. ... Distance is a numerical description of how far apart objects are at any given moment in time. ... This article is about the concept of time. ... This article is about the legume. ... For other uses, see Nut (disambiguation). ... This article is about the fruit of the plants also called legumes. For the plants themselves, see Fabaceae . ... This article is about the sport. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... The percent sign. ... In mathematics, an average or central tendency of a set (list) of data refers to a measure of the middle of the data set. ... A riot control agent is a type of lachrymatory agent (or lacrimatory agent). ... For other uses, see Gas (disambiguation). ...


  • 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.
  • §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. "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".
  • Former UK ISP Freeserve was not, as the name appeared to imply (an apparent implication picked-up upon in the advertisments of at least one rival[citation needed]), 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.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 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. 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.
  • Middle East, Far East, and Sub-Saharan Africa are geo-political terms which are ambiguous.
See the special article ambiguity for more examples.

This article describes the archipelago in north-western Europe. ... Crown dependencies are possessions of the British Crown, as opposed to overseas territories or colonies. ... For other uses, see Decimal (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Latins and Latin (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Wanadoo is a French Internet Service Provider (ISP), which is a subsidiary of France Telecom. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Airport diagram Airport from the east. ... League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC West (1970-present) Current uniform Team colors Red, White and Gold Mascot K. C. Wolf (1985-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) Personnel Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Other nicknames The Boys in Blue Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... Nickname: Location in Wyandotte, County in the state of Kansas. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... The far east as a cultural block includes East Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and South Asia. ... A political map showing national divisions in relation to the ecological break (Sub-Saharan Africa in green) A geographical map of Africa, showing the ecological break that defines the sub-Saharan area Sub-Saharan Africa is the term used to describe the area of the African continent which lies south... Look up ambiguity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Association with place other than one might assume

Numerals sans-serif Arabic numerals, known formally as Hindu-Arabic numerals, and also as Indian numerals, Hindu numerals, Western Arabic numerals, European numerals, or Western numerals, are the most common symbolic representation of numbers around the world. ... For other uses, see Arab (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout, 1769) The Brown Rat or Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus) is one of the most well-known and common rats, and also one of the largest. ... Panama Hat made for Harry Truman Panama hats sold on a street market in Ecuador A Panama hat or just Panama is a traditional brimmed hat that is made from the plaited leaves of the panama-hat palm (Carludovica palmata). ... The Panama Canal is a waterway in Central America which joins the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A barbecue on a trailer at a block party in Kansas City. ... 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Naming peculiar to the originator's world view

  • The tremolo arm on guitars is used to produce vibrato; not tremolo. Conversely, a vibrato unit produces tremolo, not vibrato. Both terms are due to electric guitar pioneer Leo Fender.
  • As European explorers mistook the Americas for India, the native peoples were called Indians. Similarly, the West Indies were so called after India. 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.
  • Newfoundland was considered newly found by those who so named it, but had first been inhabited at least 5,000 years before.
  • Greenland is mostly Arctic and Iceland is mostly tundra (the settled portions of Greenland are green).
  • Anti-Semitism is prejudice against Jews, not all Semites.
  • 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".
  • Christian science and creation science are religious movements, not sciences.

A tremolo arm, tremolo bar, vibrato bar, whammy bar, or wang bar is a lever attached to the bridge and/or the tailpiece of an electric guitar or archtop guitar to enable the player to quickly vary the tension and sometimes the length of the strings temporarily, changing the pitch... Vibrato is a musical effect where the pitch or frequency of a note or sound is quickly and repeatedly raised and lowered over a small distance for the duration of that note or sound. ... Tremolo is a musical term with two meanings: A rapid repetition of the same note, a rapid variation in the amplitude of a single note, or an alternation between two or more notes. ... A vibrato unit is an effects unit used to modify the sound of an electric guitar by producing a regular variation in the amplitude of the sound. ... Leonidas Fender (August 10, 1909 - March 21, 1991), also known as Leo Fender, was an American luthier who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, now known as Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, and later founded G&L Musical Products (G&L Guitars). ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ... Newfoundland —   IPA: [nuw fÉ™n lænd] (French: , Irish: ) is a large island off the east coast of North America, and the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ... For other uses, see Tundra (disambiguation). ... The Eternal Jew: 1937 German poster. ... Semitic is an adjective which in common parlance mistakenly refers specifically to Jewish things, while the term actually refers to things originating among speakers of Semitic languages or people descended from them, and in a linguistic context to the northeastern subfamily of Afro-Asiatic. ... World map showing the Americas CIA political map of the Americas in an equal-area projection The Americas are the lands of the New World, consisting of the continents of North America and South America with their associated islands and regions. ... Christian Science is a religious teaching regarding the efficacy of spiritual healing according to the interpretation of the Bible by Mary Baker Eddy, in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (first published in 1875). ... Creation science is the attempt to find scientific evidence that would justify a literal interpretation of the Biblical account of creation. ... A magnet levitating above a high-temperature superconductor demonstrates the Meissner effect. ...


  • 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. However, more recently, "begs the question" has been used as a synonym for "raises the question".
  • A quantum leap is properly an instantaneous change, which may be either large or small. In physics, it is the smallest possible changes that are of particular interest. 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.
  • 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 realise that this word is German in origin, and derives from the custom in German-speaking countries of naming snack foods after the town they are most closely associated with. The presence of the English word "ham" is coincidental.
  • 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. For further examples of this kind of reanalysis-misnomer, see False etymology.

Logic (from Classical Greek λόγος logos; meaning word, thought, idea, argument, account, reason, or principle) is the study of the principles and criteria of valid inference and demonstration. ... In logic, begging the question describes a type of logical fallacy, petitio principii, in which the conclusion of an argument is implicitly or explicitly assumed in one of the premises. ... Look up fallacy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Deductive reasoning is the kind of reasoning where the conclusion is necessitated or implied by previously known premises. ... This article is about the word proposition as it is used in logic, philosophy, and linguistics. ... In logic, an argument is a set of statements, consisting of a number of premises, a number of inferences, and a conclusion, which is said to have the following property: if the premises are true, then the conclusion must be true or highly likely to be true. ... In logic, begging the question describes a type of logical fallacy, petitio principii, in which the conclusion of an argument is implicitly or explicitly assumed in one of the premises. ... Quantum Leap is a science fiction television series that ran for 97 episodes from March 1989 to May 1993 on NBC. It follows the adventures of Dr. Samuel Beckett (played by Scott Bakula), a brilliant scientist who after researching time-travel, and doing experiments in something he calls The Imaging... A magnet levitating above a high-temperature superconductor demonstrates the Meissner effect. ... The learning curve refers to a relationship between the duration of learning or experience and the resulting progress. ... This article is about the food item. ... Coincidence is the noteworthy alignment of two or more events or circumstances without obvious causal connection. ... This article is about the study of the past in human terms. ... Folk etymology is a term used in two distinct ways: A commonly held misunderstanding of the origin of a particular word, a false etymology. ... A false etymology is an assumed or postulated etymology which is incorrect from the perspective of modern scholarly work in historical linguistics. ...


Dry cleaning is any cleaning process for clothing and textiles using an organic solvent other than water — generally known as dry cleaning fluid, and typically this is tetrachloroethylene. ... The Quad damage is a powerup in the first-person shooter computer game series Quake. ... Quake III Arena or Quake 3, abbreviated as Q3A or Q3, is a multiplayer first-person shooter computer and video game released on December 2, 1999. ... This article is about the birds in the family Corvidae. ... This article is about the baked good, for other uses see Pie (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with Desert. ... For other uses, see Bird (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with radiata. ... Convection in the most general terms refers to the movement of currents within fluids (i. ... Darius Rucker performing in 2004 Darius Rucker (born May 13, 1966 in Charleston, South Carolina) is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the band Hootie & the Blowfish. ... Hootie & the Blowfish is an American pop-rock band, originally formed at the University of South Carolina by Darius Rucker, Dean Felber, Jim Soni Sonefeld and Mark Bryan. ... Deborah Ann Harry (born July 1, 1945, in Miami, Florida) is a singer-songwriter and actress most famous for being the lead singer for the punk rock/new wave band Blondie. ... Blondie is the name of an American rock band that first gained fame in the late 1970s, and which has sold over 140 million records. ... This article is about the lead singer of Jethro Tull. ... For the 18th-century agriculturist after whom the band was named, see Jethro Tull (agriculturist). ... Jethro Tull Jethro Tull (born March 1672 in Basildon, Berkshire; died 21 February 1741 in Shalbourne, Berkshire (now Wiltshire)) was an English agricultural pioneer during the Industrial Revolution and the Agricultural Revolution. ... Steely Dan is a Grammy-Award winning American jazz rock band centered on core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. ... Naked Lunch is a novel by William S. Burroughs. ... Echo & the Bunnymen is a British rock group formed in Liverpool in 1978. ... James Dewees. ... Reggie and the Full Effect is a Kansas City-based American band featuring James Dewees who was the former drummer for Coalesce, keyboardist for The Get Up Kids, and former touring keyboardist for New Found Glory. ... The Marshall Tucker Band is an American Southern rock band originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. ... Barenaked Ladies (often abbreviated BNL or occasionally BnL) is a Canadian alternative rock band currently composed of Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Steven Page, Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart, and formerly Andy Creeggan. ... This article is about the band. ... Mick Fleetwood (born 24 June 1947) is an English musician best known for his role as the drummer with the rock and roll band Fleetwood Mac. ... John Graham McVie (born November 26, 1945) is best known as the bass guitarist in the rock group Fleetwood Mac. ... At least two notable persons have been named Peter Green: Peter Green (musician), founder of Fleetwod Mac Peter Green (historian) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about the collective named The Alan Parsons Project. ... Alan Parsons (b. ... Eric Woolfson was a lead singer, songwriter and lyricist, executive producer, pianist, and co-founder of The Alan Parsons Project. ... The Reverend Horton Heat is both a three-piece psychobilly/rockabilly band from Dallas, Texas and the stage name of its singer/songwriter, Jim Heath (born in 1959 in Corpus Christi, Texas). ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... Blues music redirects here. ... 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The DVD cover artwork for the movie depicts many of the eras parodied in the film History of the World, Part I is a 1981 film directed by Mel Brooks. ... William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... This cites very few or no references or sources. ...


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