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Thread: Things which are named wrong

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    Since size matters, Greenland, not very green
    Iceland; icy but with more green than Greenland
    New York, New York; the town so nice they named it twice. Once would have been enough, they're not that nice
    America; Vespucci deserved a lake or a bay, but no, not a whole continental landmass
    Australia; too similar to Austria, seems derivative but isn't
    Iowa and Ohio and Idaho; no one can tell these apart
    Kansas; it's just Arkansas shortened and pronounced wrong
    New Mexico; just plain lazy in naming this state
    Rhode Island; It is neither
    Kierkagaard; Pretty smart guy but name too hard to pronounce
    Pacific Ocean; just not true.
    North and South Dakota; one Dakota would have sufficed
    Intercourse, Pennsylvania; Once drove all the way there for nothing
    Virgin Islands; see above
    Death Valley; never gonna' attract investors or developers with that name
    Uranus; has caused embarrassment to many a schoolteacher
    Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW); how many domestic war vets are left ?
    Church of Latter-Day Saints; an un-called-for denigration of the earlier-day saints
    and so on...there are thousands more


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    Throbbing Gristle's 20 Jazz Funk Greats - 11 tracks of not so great industrial music.


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    Scientists and religionists can be easily differentiated: one lot is arrogant, irascible and disdainful, the other believes in God.
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    Daylight saving time.
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    w.a.s.p.
    (white anglo-saxon protestant)
    show me just one black anglo-saxon
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    But there are plenty of whites who are not anglo-saxon. And there are also plenty of protestant people with non-white skin whose genealogy is mostly white and/or anglo-saxon.
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    Those are pretty good. How about 'olive-skinned' Italians ? I love olives. So do many others. Never noticed any change in skin. Olives are black or green. Show me one example in Italy. Sure, there are blacks there. And many others. Where are the green-skinned ?
    Even the term Redskin; can't see it. The yellow Asians ? Huh-uh. I'm not colorblind; I've been tested a dozen times. So, what gives with these 'observational' data ?
    I'll tell you after I read some excuses, er, responses.
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    Is it corn or is it maize?
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    To me, corn. Native American, maize, fishermen, chub, (I think; I don't know "fishing") Austin,again.
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    The ATF. Alcohol, tobacco, firearms. Why these legal things ? Why under one Dept. ? Why not toss-in gambling, prostitution, weed ? I heard a funny thing from an inside source (policeman). ATF stands for Always Take Forfeiture (stealing from alleged bad guys, and yes, 'alleged' is sufficient). The criminal element are rank amateurs next to the boys in blue. You ever wonder about the phrase on many police cruisers: To Serve and Protect Serve whom and protect what ? It's not as obvious as it appears. I'll elaborate, at another time.
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    BUTTERMILK has no butter in it.
    FIREFLY is not a fly but a beetle.
    SWEETBREAD is not bread, nor is it sweet; it is the pancreas of a calf or lamb used as food.
    TITMOUSE is not a mouse, but a bird.
    WORMWOOD has nothing to do with worms or wood; it is a kind of plant.
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    Military Intelligence.
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    I've always suspected some redneck came up with the acronym BATF and secretly it actually stands for Bureau of All Thing Fine.
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    North pole; Is the friggin magnetic south pole
    South pole; Is the magnetic north pole
    New Sealand; Lame excuse for a name, Sea + land is mud, and it's a beautifull country, not mud. Sealand in the Netherlands is mud, so is correctly named..

    All words containing the following symbols;
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    Growing up, i marveled at star-trek's science, and ignored the perfect society. Now, i try to ignore their science, and marvel at the society.

    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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    BUTT MAKER

    Job Description:

    1) Tends machine that forms scrap and binder leaf tobacco into cigar-like roll and cuts roll into butts of chewing tobacco: Starts machine and dumps scrap into hopper of machine.

    2) Feeds binder leaf into machine that wraps leaf around scrap into roll and conveys roll under cutting knives.

    3) Places box or basket at discharge end of machine to catch butts.
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    Ladybugs, koala bears, peanuts.

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    Freedom fries.

    So called because a nation decided it was free to make its own mind up.
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    This list is endless, but lets try finding the end. Butterfly(s) were formerly known as flutter-by(s). I liked the original better.
    The Department of Corrections. What does it correct ? Dept. of Punishment would be more accurate, much more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Freedom fries.

    So called because a nation decided it was free to make its own mind up.
    Members of the US Congress renamed the wrongly-named French fries because of anger toward France not getting on-board Desert Storm. France must have been as confused about this as anyone else. Typical of our 'leaders'. Bunch of posturing xenophobes.
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    Well, lets start with gas (short for gasoline), you are not putting gas in your car, it's a liquid. You can put gas in your car in the form of LPG, which you still pump in your car as a liquid. Anyway, why name 2 phases in the word LPG (liquid petrolium gas), that does not make sense...

    Don't forget fahrenheit (german word), foot, inch, yard, and mile (old brittish).... That's a cesspool of misunderstanding. You guys, americans, you won the colonial war against the brittish, now stop using their imperial system of measurements.
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    Growing up, i marveled at star-trek's science, and ignored the perfect society. Now, i try to ignore their science, and marvel at the society.

    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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    We don't wanna'. The metric system makes perfect sense. So does the sport of football (soccer, to us). But we just don't like either. A foot is, roughly, equal to a human one. An inch, the length of the end joint of a finger, etc. Americans have a hard time equating a meter with any common thing. Plus, we're jerks, largely.
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    Well, lets start with gas (short for gasoline), you are not putting gas in your car, it's a liquid. You can put gas in your car in the form of LPG, which you still pump in your car as a liquid. Anyway, why name 2 phases in the word LPG (liquid petrolium gas), that does not make sense...

    Don't forget fahrenheit (german word), foot, inch, yard, and mile (old brittish).... That's a cesspool of misunderstanding. You guys, americans, you won the colonial war against the brittish, now stop using their imperial system of measurements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by umbradiago View Post
    Americans have a hard time equating a meter with any common thing.
    It's just over a yard long! Easy.
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    Front yard or back ? What if you live in an apartment ?
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    Americans have a hard time equating a meter with any common thing.
    It's just over a yard long! Easy.
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    • Freezer burn
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    • Lead balloon
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZSkM-QEeUg

    Well, lead foil balloon, but it did float.
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    I dunno. Led Zepplin works for me.
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    Why is neutering an animal called 'fixing' him ? Don't they actually break him ?
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    Why are some of the most gay-bashing men willing to reconsider where lesbians are concerned ? " OH, well, that's different ." I agree, it is.
    But don't they see the inconsistency ? OR ARE they inconsistent ? Personally, Sappho isn't...um... un-appealing.
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    No doubt about it, language is a many splendored thing, lol...

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    Pretty ugly
    On t'other hand... there's the French phrase jolie laide which translates to exactly that.
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    Why are some of the most gay-bashing men willing to reconsider where lesbians are concerned ? " OH, well, that's different ." I agree, it is.
    But don't they see the inconsistency ? OR ARE they inconsistent ? Personally, Sappho isn't...um... un-appealing.
    I once saw it explained as "men like women so they can understand other women liking them".

    On a slightly related note:
    Sat in a café with my sisters and nephew I asked what the fuss was about the song "I Kissed A Girl".
    One of my sisters explained that it was the "I Liked it" bit.
    "Uh, and what's special about that?" I asked.
    "Well it's a girl singing it! It's about girls kissing girls."
    "Oh, that happens all the time in the films I watch." 1


    1 Playing dumb can lead to a good punch line even if I have to invent things...
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    This list is endless, but lets try finding the end. Butterfly(s) were formerly known as flutter-by(s). I liked the original better.
    The name is derived from Middle Englishbuterflie, butturflye, boterflye, from Old English butorflēoge, buttorflēoge, buterflēoge, perhaps a compound of butor (beater), mutation of bēatan (to beat), and flēoge (fly).
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    Blowjob - Nobody is blowing on anything..

    Qtip - aren't shapen like a Q at all, nor the tip of a Q.

    Vacuum cleaner - Doesn't use vacuum, it just has some under-pressure.
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    I had to look it up.
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    Right-to-work laws; really means right to be fired for little or no cause. A single worker hasn't the resources to contest the thing. I was fired for trying to circulate a petition to have a union vote. The formal reasons used were other, bullshit reasons. Against the law since, 1937 or so. But, I was out the door.
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    Mr. Universe Contest - a little presumptuous, no ? How would we know ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwolver View Post
    Incontinent - It's not about any continent, nor is it about being in them...

    Blowjob - Nobody is blowing on anything..

    Qtip - aren't shapen like a Q at all, nor the tip of a Q.

    Vacuum cleaner - Doesn't use vacuum, it just has some under-pressure.
    Nor is it an unlikable job, er, for some.
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    Instant rice. That's impossible.
    utter objectivity: doesn't exist
    false pride: actually, this is utterly correct
    Victory cry : Why cry, you won ?
    victory lap: these go on forever in fact
    broad jump: broads hate this term
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    Ruler: I mean the linear ruler, the one with the lines on it. Why not have a different name for this then for someone who rules over you.
    Growing up, i marveled at star-trek's science, and ignored the perfect society. Now, i try to ignore their science, and marvel at the society.

    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwolver View Post
    Ruler: I mean the linear ruler, the one with the lines on it. Why not have a different name for this then for someone who rules over you.
    Because they're cognates.
    Both imply a guide, something that delineates, controls, regulates.
    Zwolver and sculptor like this.
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    "And, now, a man who needs no introduction!"

    have you ever been to a conference-symposium-etc, wherein the guy at the podium says:
    "And, now, a man who needs no introduction!"
    Then, the jerk at the podium goes on for 20 boring minutes giving us a biography of "the man who needs no introduction"
    Just once:
    I'd like to hear/see the guy at the podium say: "And, now, a man who needs no introduction!"
    then stop------not another word-----just turn sharply and walk off the stage.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Zwolver View Post
    Ruler: I mean the linear ruler, the one with the lines on it. Why not have a different name for this then for someone who rules over you.
    Because they're cognates.
    Both imply a guide, something that delineates, controls, regulates.
    Ok, i didn't know that..

    However, did you know this?



    Most of us have a better rapport card than Einstein? 9gag has surprised me again.
    Growing up, i marveled at star-trek's science, and ignored the perfect society. Now, i try to ignore their science, and marvel at the society.

    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwolver View Post
    However, did you know this?
    Er, because I'm really smart?

    I like words, I like etymology.
    I like knowing what words mean and how we got them.

    Of course, I could have given the flippant answer: the one I gave when a potential employer asked "How come you speak so many languages?" - "I think a more pertinent question would be, "How come you don't?" Didn't you bother with an education?".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Zwolver View Post
    However, did you know this?
    Er, because I'm really smart?

    I like words, I like etymology.
    I like knowing what words mean and how we got them.

    Of course, I could have given the flippant answer: the one I gave when a potential employer asked "How come you speak so many languages?" - "I think a more pertinent question would be, "How come you don't?" Didn't you bother with an education?".
    Now read it again, and feel really stupid.. Hehe..

    See the comma?
    Growing up, i marveled at star-trek's science, and ignored the perfect society. Now, i try to ignore their science, and marvel at the society.

    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwolver View Post
    Now read it again, and feel really stupid.. Hehe..
    See the comma?
    Ah, okay.
    Yes I did.
    (You can tell I knew that because I posted it).
    NOW you can read my post.
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