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so-called

1. A phrase used to emphasize that a name or term for someone or something is commonly used. Next, we'll be reading the so-called master of English literature, William Shakespeare.
2. A phrase used to indicate the speaker's doubt about the appropriateness of the term being used to describe a person or thing. Oh, now my so-called best friend calls me. Where was she three weeks ago when I was in the hospital? My so-called smartphone has suddenly lost all ability to send a text.
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Given their track record of ignoring habeas corpus, the right to legal representation for so-called enemy combatants, and international conventions against torture, they must have concluded it was unlikely that their mere violation of U.
The so-called CAN SPAM act provides another shining example of how the GOP-controlled Congress stepped in and destroyed through preemption any consumer remedies under state law, while at the same time making the federal law completely ineffective.
The Bush Administration is expected to revive the so-called "Clear Skies" initiative that would substantially weaken public health and environmental protections under the 1990 Clean Air Act, while doing nothing about global warming.
If institutions seek to increase public accessibility to previously so-called elitist subjects, the least they can do is give the popular-public credit for having more intelligence.
BETWEEN THE LINES: The arguments for extending the so-called assault weapons ban were as specious as those used when it was implemented: cosmetic, symbolic and blatantly fraudulent.
Thanks to recent research, the so-called "technical Hermetica," mostly of Arabic origin, have been added to the Greek writings introduced into the Renaissance milieu by Marsilio Ficino, and to those already diffused in the Middle Ages (the Asclepius, translated from Greek into Latin, and some Latin texts produced during the twelfth century).
A new brain-imaging study has revealed that parts of this so-called motor cortex also respond vigorously as people do nothing more than silently read words.
A FEW YEARS ago, a so-called "secondary virginity" campaign was making the rounds in high schools and on university campuses.
Barbara Ehrenreich e-mailed me one day in May to say that she was on some so-called traitors' list on a website called ProBush.
He realizes that the other young man in the household, a so-called idiot, is capable of creating great music with the recorder, music that brings forth the angels of fire, and the two join forces to free the salamander from the uncle's furnace and place him in the crater of the volcano where he can join the others.
In her final paragraph Silverman suggests that the "so-called collective is complex and the so-called movement is heterogeneous.
For example, the so-called "average wholesale price" (AWP) for generic Prozac (fluoxetine), the most commonly prescribed generic in the U.
The victory, according to public comments by company officials, is that consumers and developers will no longer be harmed by Microsoft's so-called proprietary use of the Java code.
One of the most common edible wild mushrooms is the field mushroom, or pinky (Agaricus campestris), so-called because of its pink gills.