A misnomer is the misnaming of a place, a person or a thing and thereby suggesting a wrong meaning. There are several things that are a misnomer in life. For instance, French fries did not originate from France but from Belgium and should be called Belgian fries, however, it is not so.
Again, the native Americans were called Indians simply because Christopher Columbus landed in a place where he thought was India.
Other examples of a misnomer are: referring to a bottle of alcohol as water, telling a child that a giraffe is an Ostrich or that a butterfly is a bird because of its wings, classifying a doughnut as a nut because it has “nut” in its name, and so on.
Misnomers are misleading, could cause misinterpretation of things and more so, its consequences could be huge.