so-called

Definitions

  • PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River and its tributaries
    PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River and its tributaries
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj so-called doubtful or suspect "these so-called experts are no help"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The mating call of a male toadfish, who are underwater, is so loud that it can be heard by humans above water
    • a So-called So named; called by such a name (but perhaps called thus with doubtful propriety).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Tibet there is actually a practice called 'polyandry' where many men, usually brothers, marry a single woman. This takes place so that only one set of children will inherit the land.
    • so-called See so called, under so, adverb
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called 'mantles') are radioactive, so much so that they will set off an alarm at a nuclear reactor.
    • adj So-called generally styled thus—usually implying doubt
    • adj So-called sō′-kawld See under So.
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Quotations

  • George Macdonald
    George%20Macdonald
    “Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    Arthur%20Schopenhauer
    “People of Wealth and the so called upper class suffer the most from boredom.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “So few people think. When we find one who really does, we call him a genius”
  • Hermann Hesse
    Hermann%20Hesse
    “There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call learning. There is, my friend, only a knowledge -- that is everywhere.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    Peter%20F.%20Drucker
    “So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.”
  • Lord Shawcross
    Lord Shawcross
    “The new so called morality has too often the old immorality condoned.”

Usage

In literature:

So I calls the crew aft, an' told 'em how the matter stood.
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
So charming were these islands that I called the group the Three Graces Islands.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
In the Creole, simply so-called, there is no admixture of negro blood.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
It is not a valley, though so called in the language of Spanish America, but a plain walled in on all sides by mountains.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
So I have called you to tell me what I shall do.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
I know Father used to call Mamma, Gatty, but Grandmamma said she always thought it so vulgar.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
Mrs. Reed did not use to like boys; and Jim is so full of fun and pranks, mother calls them, and he knows so many funny stories!
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
And so am I, but I have always been called Betty.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
We were surprised to learn that the gold so-called is only silver twice gilt.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
There are some so-called teachers, who don't know what the gospel harrow is.
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
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In poetry:

Do not call they brothers sinful -
To themselves their souls belong!
They should do as conscience bids them,
Though you think it ev’er so wrong!
"Have Charity" by Joseph Warren Watson
This is my hour, that you have called your own;
Its hushed beauty silently we share, -
Touched by the wistful wonder in the air
That leaves us so alone.
""This Is My Hour"" by Zoe Akins
Tide be runnin' the great world over:
'Twas only last June month I mind that we
Was thinkin' the toss and the call in the breast of the lover
So everlastin' as the sea.
"Sea Love" by Charlotte Mary Mew
For her sweet sake I've cast aside
The books I've loved so well,
And given up my being to
Affection's mighty spell;
Ambition's visions vanish all,
Before the music of her call.
"Little Kate" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
So, harsh and bare, your bitter heart
Will leave you like a bush alone,
Sullen and silent and apart,
When all the winds it called are gone--
The winds were airs of your own heart
"The Song Of Joy" by Thomas MacDonagh
So that when Thy love shall call us,
Savior, from the world away,
Let no fear of death appall us,
Glad Thy summons to obey.
May we ever, may we ever,
Reign with Thee in endless day.
"Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing" by Godfrey Thring

In news:

Federal health authorities are investigating reports of 13 deaths possibly linked to so-called energy shots and cautioning consumers to talk to their doctors before they take them or other energy drinks.
MONTPELIER — Whether to levy Vermont's sales tax on so-called cloud computing will be up for discussion at the Vermont Statehouse.
H ave you heard about the latest so-called trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP citizen.org/tpp).
The National Urban League says it believes if the US economy drops off the so-called fiscal cliff, it would disproportionately affect African Americans—unless Congress finds a compromise to avoid it.
In 2008, he voted for the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, (EFCA).
More than a month after its publication, the so-called Downing Street Memo remains among the top 10 most viewed articles on The Times of London site.
Gas exploration companies continue to drill so-called shallow wells throughout the state.
Off to a 5-0 start, the Bulldogs are the latest among the so-called 'little guys' to make a run at crashing the big boys' party.
Last month, the public interest group Common Cause released a report linking Congress' decision to gut the so-called Airline Passenger Bill of Rights with soft-money campaign contributions from major airlines.
I have just returned from visiting the so-called craziest state in the union.
It is believed that the so-called " healer " infected at least 16 people with the HIV virus between 2001 and 2005.
In 2009, a so-called "unauthorized advertiser" at the NYT started selling fake antivirus software through the paper, after a tweet warning readers of a potential infection .
The Republicans have reignited their criticism of Assemblyman George Latimer for refusing to speak out against Speaker Sheldon Silver's handling of the so-called Gropez scandal.
Regardless of what kind of lip balm you use, however, you've probably heard of so-called " lip-balm dependency".
There are also a lot of web applications that allow people to look up phone numbers - so called widgets.
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In science:

Equating the coefficients of the expansion in powers of the mass then gives us the so-called Leutwyler-Smilga sum rules .
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
As discussed above, the Dirac spectrum is described by chRMT — or, equivalently, by the zero-mode approximation of the low-energy effective theory, — only below the so-called Thouless energy Ec .
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
These are the so-called universal conductance fluctuations [233].
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Originally, the so called Wigner-Dyson ensembles of matrices with independently distributed Gaussian matrix elements were introduced to replace the unknown nuclear Hamiltonian.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
All motions within the so-called “wedge of instabil ity” are convectively unstable in this way.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
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