Because "South American Cavy Rodent" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
Have you ever noticed how sometimes, pickles are really
That's the sort of thing this article would be about if it were a Self-Demonstrating Article
. But it isn't
. That would be silly.
In our everyday language we tend to use words that are representative of certain objects or characteristics. On the other hand, we have words or combinations of them whose real meaning has nothing to do with their name. These are known as misnomers
Mostly for historical reasons the misnomer sticks and nobody—or almost nobody—bats an eyelid when it is used, since it is well accepted and people know what it means; this particular variant is a common result of calling Smeerps "rabbits"
. A Cloudcuckoolander
character and punster tropers are likely to hang a lampshade
on these from time to time, complain that contents of the tin differ from the label
(or that the tin itself is not made of tin), and that there's no baby in baby food
It may have resulted from an Artifact Title
. If the name is itself an element of deliberate deception
, it may be Doublespeak
or a Super Fun Happy Thing of Doom
with nonindicative names, see Word Salad Title
and Never Trust a Title
. For songs, see Non-Appearing Title
Fluffy the Terrible
, Deathbringer the Adorable
, and Ironic Nickname
are subtropes of this.
Contrary to Exactly What It Says on the Tin
. See In Name Only
when this trope applies to the title of a derivative work.
While explanations to misnomers are welcome and encouraged, please resist the urge to make a Justifying Edit
Looking to have fun with misleading names? See I Thought It Meant
, for misleading trope names, and I Thought That Was
, for misleading work names.