Tuesday, 6 May 2008

It's a Misconception that "Misnomer" Means "Misconception"


Ever since I heard Rush Limbaugh misuse the word, "misnomer" in 1991, when he really meant "misconception", I've been hearing other people doing the same. I wrote to Mr. Limbaugh about it in 1991, to no avail. His misuse of the word has spawned a plague on the English language.

Misnomer: a name or term used wrongly; the wrong use of a name or term.

When people are being paid to speak, they ought to "get it right"!