13 нояб. 2012 г.

12 misnomers in English - 12 ошибок в названии предметов или феноменов

Что такое misnomer? Дефиниция из англо-русского словаря:

misnomer, n:

1) ошибка в наименовании; искажение имени

e.g.: It's a misnomer to call this village a city. — Неправильно называть эту деревню городом.

2) неправильное употребление термина

Ниже прилагаю список из 12 известных мисномеров.

1) Arabic numerals originated in India.

2) Tin cans and tin foil are constructed from aluminium, not tin.

3) Danish pastries were invented in Austria.

4) Dry cleaning uses a fluid called naphtha.

5) Pencil lead - pencils use graphite and not lead.

6) The Koala bear is a marsupial and not a bear.

7) Panama hats originate from Ecuador, not Panama.

8) The word Asteroid means 'star-like' and they are small planets.

9) The Turkey is native to America and is named for its resemblance to a bird native to Africa.

10) The Peanut is a legume, [i.e. fruit/vegetable] not a nut.

11) The People's Democratic Republic of Korea. [Think about it, particularly if you live in this country!]

12) Madison Square Garden, USA is not square, nor is it currently a garden.