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5 Things That Aren’t What They Say They Are

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Recently, when Washington state passed the same-sex marriage bill, there were several that were opposed to this. The main complaint I've heard was usually something about “the definition of marriage is between a man and a woman.” As if they were more concerned about changing the dictionary term of a word than they were of a couple of dudes or chicks marrying each other.

Well, according to Webster's Dictionary, marriage can be “the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.” If we're not allowed to have gay marriage or same-sex marriage, what else should be banish from our language because they don't follow their dictionary definition?. Here are five things that aren't what we say they are.


White Chocolate



Although white chocolate does contain cocoa butter, the Food and Drug Administration doesn't consider white chocolate as a chocolate. They could call it anything else – white confectionery, white bark, I'm not sure, whatever's clever, so long as you give me some.



Koala Bear



Koala's aren't bears, they're marsupials. Bears are huge carnivore mammals. Marsupials are, well, not.



Funny Bone



You probably already knew this one, but it's worth putting on this list. The funny bone isn't a bone, it's caused by a nerve – and it sure as hell isn't funny.



The Hundred Years War



Although it lasted over a hundred years (116 to be exact), it wasn't exactly 100 years. To be fair, it's close enough. If I had 116 grains of rice, for instance, I would say I had about 100, not 116. The opportunity of anyone asking me how many grains of rice has yet to happen, if you're wondering.






To take a stab at myself, people still call us DJs which stands for Disc Jockey. Once upon a time, sure, we were 'disc jockeys'. We would literally play discs, whether it's records or cds and “ride” them, in a non-literal way, talking over the song intros and outros. Now a days it's all digital. We upload the songs we want to play and go from there. I guess DJ could stand for 'digital jockey' but then we'd lose the dictionary definition so No Deal.


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