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Old 10-13-2011, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Let's compile an index.....no reason.

The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on Breed's Hill

The gunfight at the O.K. Corral was fought in an empty lot across the street and down a few doors from the corral.

Pickett's Charge was actually Longstreet's assault.

The Holy Roman Empire....well....

The 1969 "Soccer War" fought between Honduras and Salvador was about the treatment of Salvadorian immigrants in Honduras, not over any soccer game.

America got called "America" because of a mapmaker's misinformation regarding Amerigo Vespucci's place in the voyages of Columbus. Vespucci was the cartographer (mapmaker) on two of the voyages and he signed his name to his maps.


You get the idea....and we're talking factual misnomers, not just your opinion such as Alexander wasn't that "Great" or something like "Mao's 'Great Leap Forward' was actually a cultural regression."
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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The Hundred Years' War was an on-and-off series of wars that covered 116 years.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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Columbus discovered america (ask the vikings, phoenicians, olmecs, polynesians, welsh etc.)

Another favorite (many christians always proposing) is that the Roman Empire fell due to it's decadence.
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City was named for a man who wasn't actually on any of the boats that came here in 1524.
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:41 AM
 
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Indians who were never anywhere near India.

The American "Pioneers" in the western U.S. were anything but "pioneers" with regard to people settling and living there.

Most of the War of 1812 wasn't fought in 1812

Louisiana Purchase: When I was very young I was always amazed at how BIG Louisiana was in 1803.
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:46 AM
 
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Columbus discovered america (ask the vikings, phoenicians, olmecs, polynesians, welsh etc.)

Another favorite (many christians always proposing) is that the Roman Empire fell due to it's decadence.
Neither of those is a misnomer. We're after things which were misnamed, not simply factual errors or common misunderstandings.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:07 PM
 
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German chocolate cake isn't German at all. A man working for the Baker's Chocolate Company in the 1850's by the name of Sam German invented a bar of sweet baker's chocolate. The bar was called "Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate". In the 1950's a recipe appeared for a cake using "German's Sweet Chocolate". This recipe eventually became known as "German chocolate cake", despite not having anything to do with Germany.

Schindler's "list" was not actually Schindler's. The "list" was kept by Mietek Pemper a Jewish inmate who served as a secretary to Amon Goth who ran Krakow-Plaszow camp in Poland. Pemper was involved in all the day-to-day operations at the camp and knew what was happening in the war and had access to secret documents. He distorted production figures and worked with Schindler to make it appear the camp/factory were more productive than they actually were. When the camp was being shut down and Schindler's factory moved it was Pemper that handed Schindler his famous list with names of workers and their families to be saved.

France is a misnomer. Literally translated it means Kingdom of the Franks. The problem is that the historic homeland of the Franks from the Merovingians to the Carolingians is the Meuse valley which lies squarely in Belgium and the Netherlands. Belgium is more "France" in the literal sense than France is.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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Utah Jazz (formerly New Orleans)

Memphis Grizzlies (formerly Vancouver, BC)

I mean, come on! Move your franchise, sure, but change the name! When's the last time you heard jazz in SLC, or saw a Grizzly fishing on the Mississippi!
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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Neither of those is a misnomer. We're after things which were misnamed, not simply factual errors or common misunderstandings.
Whoops.


U.k. or Great Britain after 1707 as England
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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Utah Jazz (formerly New Orleans)

Memphis Grizzlies (formerly Vancouver, BC)

I mean, come on! Move your franchise, sure, but change the name! When's the last time you heard jazz in SLC, or saw a Grizzly fishing on the Mississippi!
Yeah, those grizzlys only fish in one of Los Angeles' thousands of lakes.
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