These examples of 'Misnomers'
were reported in The Guardian newspaper in February 2006.
These words are both informative and amusing:
1. Arabic numerals originated in India.
2. The Peanut is a legume, [i.e.
fruit/vegetable] not a nut.
3. Tin cans and tin foil are constructed from aluminium, not tin.
4. Madison Square Garden, USA is not square (nor is it a garden).
5. Danish pastries were invented in
6. Dry cleaning uses a fluid called naphtha.
7. Pencil lead - pencils use graphite and not lead.
8. The Koala bear is a marsupial and not a bear.
9. Panama hats originate from Ecuador, not
10. The word Asteroid means '
and they are small planets.
11. The Turkey is native to America and is named for its resemblance to a bird native to Africa.
12. The People's
Republic of Korea. [Think about it; particularly if you live there]
Warning - Dangerous Place to Drink
pub/restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, UK has an extremely low ceiling and front door. As you enter the premises there is a sign which reads: 'Duck or
See more clean jokes and funny pictures for March
March Home • Mensa Challenge
• Parenthood • Phone Call