Misnomers

published on July 17, 2020

Hey Vsauce Michael here I'm sorry look I didn't name myself but apparently Michael is the ninth most disliked baby name for a boy according to a survey by baby named wizard calm at least it didn't top the charts like the rhyming Aiden names

Jaden Braden Aiden the most disliked name for a baby girl by the way was Nevaeh heaven backwards names can be more than just controversial they can also be just plain wrong or misleading misnomers and I'm not talking about the

Daughter of mr Nomar over the summer I went to Singapore and I saw many many things I saw an infinity pool the world's largest column 'lest glass house beautiful beautiful orchids including the laboratories where scientists

Genetically designed custom orchids and very very humid air that condensed all over my cool glasses but even after I cleaned my glasses off I didn't see any lions in fact it's believed that no Lions have ever

Naturally lived in Singapore even though Singapore comes from a male a word for Lions City it's believed that in 1299 when sang nila otama named singapore he mistakenly thought that a tiger he saw was a lion it's a misnomer but here is

The biggest mystery of them all did I really go to Singapore I mean look at these photos that guy certainly looks like me but he's not exact like me I have made a video about misnomers and that guy hasn't this photo

Is from May and since May I have been to Australia New Zealand the guy in these photos has never been there I am similar to that guy but he's not exactly me we can resolve this problem by realizing that oranges are apples you

See in Old English the word Apple was used to describe apples but also any fruit in general for instance dates were finger apples and bananas were apples of paradise cucumbers were earth apples in French the word for apple acted

Similarly giving us earth apple for the potato in the Middle Ages the old French word for orange meant apple of the orange tree and the Swedish word for orange still means apple from China because oranges originated in the east

But this leads us to an even bigger question what came first orange the fruit or orange the color well the answer is neither the tree came first the word orange comes from the sanskrit word for the tree that these fruits grow

On before being introduced to these fruits the english-speaking world called this color not orange but yellow red the first recorded use of the word orange to refer to the color instead of the fruit wasn't until 1512 so the color was named

After the fruit which was named after the tree that it came from but what's a fruit well botanically a fruit is a part of a flowering plant that disseminates seeds like an apple or an orange or a lemon or a grape in

Cooking because they're not sweet we tend to call things like wheat grains and bean pods vegetables even though they are actually fruits vegetable is a culinary term for other edible parts of a plant that aren't fruit like roots or

Leaves corn on the cob tastes like a vegetable but scientifically corn kernels are fruits which means that corn on the cob is really just a bunch of fruits packed together one of the veggies we put on

Our pizza is the mushroom of course mushrooms aren't really vegetables because they aren't even plants they're fungi names can also be confusing because of stigler's law our tendency to name things not after who discovered

Them or originated them but instead to simply honor someone else then diagrams are cool they were named after John Venn in the 1880s although Leonardo Euler actually introduced them in 1768 and Avogadro's

Constant not actually discovered by Avogadro he proposed that such a number could exist but it was a different guy who discovered the exact figure straight-up misnomers are my favorite french horns are not French your funny

Bone is not a bone it's a nerve the older nerve and this is not Big Ben nothing about this is officially called Big Ben it's real name is the Elizabeth tower people often say that the Bell inside is named Big Ben

But even that's not true the main Bell inside Elizabeth tower is officially called the great Bell the great bells nickname is Big Ben and we have since applied that nickname for a bell to the entire tower kosher salt isn't actually

Kosher it's just used to make things kosher to draw blood out of meat so really it should be called kosher een salt the Rocky Mountain oyster of course is not seafood it's a fried bull testicle Arabic numerals are not Arabic

They were invented in India but introduced to Europe by Arab mathematicians Halley's Comet is named after Edmund Halley but had been witnessed by people at least as early as 240 BC peanuts are not nuts they're

Legumes and coconuts are not nuts they're droops stone fruit like cherries apricots peaches etc french fries as they are especially known in America are not from America but were probably named by British and American soldiers during

The first world war who discovered them where they were likely invented Belgium now since French was the official language of the Belgian Army the soldiers may have mistakenly thought they were in France koala bears are not

Bears they just kind of look like they are and egg plants don't grow eggs 18th century cultivators simply thought they kind of resembled pigs dry cleaning isn't dry at all it involves lots of wet liquids but just not water and silly guy

Hamburgers are not named after ham the pork product they're named after Hamburg Germany probably because of Hamburg citizens who immigrated to the US and brought their minced beef patty a Hamburg steak with them guinea pigs are

Not pigs at all they're just similar looking to pigs kind of and Greenland isn't Greenland at all it's believed that about a thousand years ago Eric the Red named it Greenland hoping that the name

Would trick settlers into coming over we drive on parkways and park on driveways not because word makers want to confuse us but because the park in parkways refers not to stopping a car but to the nature parks parkways often run along

Skeuomorph our design elements that today are merely ornamental even though in the past originally they had a purpose for instance on a modern mobile phone the icon for phone call is shaped like an old phone the icon for email is

Shaped like an old snail mail envelope or when you take a camera phone picture you hear the sound of a mechanical shutter even if your phone doesn't have one that makes that noise older cameras did so the new ones do too it's a

Skeuomorph your own name is a kind of skeuomorph let's call it a skew Oh nom it was necessary at Birth your parents gave it to you but before they knew exactly what you would be like when you grew up

You have changed since you were born but your name has stayed the same when we called it the moon we didn't know that we would find other moons in the solar system when you were named no one knew how you would change or what

You would become and you change frequently you changed many many times over the course of your life you learn things you forget things you meet people you stop talking to people you experience things for the first time at

A cellular level millions of times the second you change costume cells die and new ones are born and at the atomic level with the exception of nonliving things like tattoos and piercings every five years

Pretty much every single atom in your body is replaced so to what degree is the future or past you really you now Robert M Martin puts this in a really cool perspective in his book there are two errors in the title

Of this book that person who will have your name in the very far future will be connected only very tenuously to the present you the person will remember very few of your current experiences will be psychologically quite different

Will have a body that resembles your present one only a bit and contains almost none of the same matter so it seems that this person is the future you only to a small degree in a way in terms of memories and experiences and history

You have more in common with a stranger today than you do with yourself ten or twenty years ago Martin goes even further saying why be afraid of death if the future you who dies will resemble you today so little well to that I say

Yolo well it's probably more accurate to say Yolo bluml mitosis vertical wiki oh boy oh don t oh boy Todd you only live once but living once means living many times as a series of similar but technically different people who know

Each other but only in one direction and who can help each other but only in the other direction and as always thanks for watching

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