Top 10 Things with the Most Misleading Names

There are several lists about different kinds of things that have misleading names animals, music artists movies etc. However I realized that there was no list of things in general that had misleading names. So yes anything goes here animals, places music as long as you can explain why the name is misleading it can go on here.

The Top Ten

Public Schools in England

These are actually schools that you have to pay to go to or what the rest of the world would call private schools.

Thanks for the explanation although if anything that makes them even less public than I had described.

American Football

When almost the whole time is spent with the ball in their hands. Honorable mentions on this list go to Rugby football and Australian Rules Football however I went with American Football because these other sports do have a little more importance of using the feet and the football at the end is starting to become less used with them usually just being called Rugby or Aussie Rules.

The American Midwest

This would seem to imply the middle of the Western United states when this region is actually mid way between East and West and primarily in the more Northern part of the country.

If you take a look at a US map distorted according to population, it's really in the middle in the West.

Back in the 1800s, the region kind of was the middle of the west

90 Mile Beach in New Zealand

Can't believe I forgot it this beach is only 55 miles long.

True but this is in fact coincidental the reason it is called this is due to the time it took for the early European settlers horses to travel the full length of the beach (if they were travelling on better ground they could have traveled 90 miles in the same time).

The Western World

Many of the countries that are considered Western countries are not geographically in the Western part of the world my country is about as far East as you can get but is still called a Western country.

I was about to reply "Let me guess... New Zealand?" and then realised it's on your profile!


This may not make sense at first. Here is why it is misleading it implies that fish are an actual defined category. In actual fact fish are several groups of animals and some of these are actually more closely related to land dwelling vertebrates than they are to other fish.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

So many of the artists included are not rock and roll be it soul, hip hop, pop or anything else it would make more sense if it was called the music hall of fame or maybe the modern (as opposed to classical) music hall of fame.

Grammy Awards for Best Vocal Performance

This is somewhat subjective but it would seem to imply that vocals are the only factor considered in reality the winners make much more sense if it is considered to be the best song or album in general (of course that still does not mean that they always get it right).

Koala Bears

To be honest I was kind of running out of ideas here but did not want to steal from another list. Admittedly this is not always what they are called but still I have heard some children have thought that they are bears when in fact even we are more closely related to bears than they are

In Hungarian (literally translated) kids often call turtles a "turtle frog", which is just as incorrect.

Public Housing

It’s not like I can just waltz in and claim all the units for myself. And it’s sometimes called “projects” even after they’re done being built.

The Newcomers

? Freddy Got Fingered Freddy Got Fingered Product Image

Despite this being an awful film, the main character is called Gordon, not Freddy.

? French Fries French fries are served hot, either soft or crispy, and are generally eaten as part of lunch or dinner or by themselves as a snack, and they commonly appear on the menus of fast food restaurants. Fries in America are generally salted and are often served with ketchup; in many countries they are topped more.

They’re from Belgium, not France.

The Contenders


You can add lists and remixes with fewer or more than ten items so what is actually significant about the number 10 on this website.

The Justice Department
Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. more.

In case anyone doesn't get what Powell means, "grande" is Spanish for big, which is... ironic in this case.

I kind of put her on as a joke but "Grande" is an ironic name for someone so short.

Greenland Greenland is an autonomous country within the Danish Realm, located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

I have heard it was actually misleading on purpose because they wanted people to go there.

Lol that is so obvious why did I not think of it.

Keith Urban Keith Lionel Urban is a New Zealand born Australian country musician. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States the following year.

A country singer.

Nine Track Mind - Charlie Puth Nine Track Mind - Charlie Puth Product Image

This album has 12 tracks.

Victoria's Secret

The brand and associated show are extremely well known.

should be calld Victorias Childhood has kiddish clothes for women

Double Stuffed Oreos

They're actually about 1.7x the size of regular ones

At least they are bigger imagine if they were called that and were smaller than normal ones.

English Horn

This instrument is not derived from a horn and does not originate from England either. Double confusion!

Hundred Years' War

It has actually lasted 116 years. Similarly, the so-called 100-member gypsy orchestra in my country has about 150 members

Also not sure if this is the name's fault but I think people tend to view it as just a war that lasted 100 years when really it was several with years in between each one.

Soviet Union

It bassically means "Worker's union". But was it really?

Bug Repellent

It does not repel bugs, it masks your scent. Why do people not understand this? Oh, just because people decided to misleadingly name it anyways. DUMB HUMANITY.

It’s a pity it would probably be more effective if it actually repelled insects.

Iceland Iceland, also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean.

Same idea as Greenland

The United States of America
Jumbo Shrimp

Can someone explain this one is it because Shrimp also implies small making it an oxymoron.

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