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Rule "so-called"

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Description: so-called
Message: This is a risky term to use; although some dictionaries allow the meaning 'commonly known as', others, like the Collins dictionary, emphasise that its use casts doubt on the veracity of the term it introduces = 'called (in the speaker's opinion, wrongly) by that name'. Often, 'so-called' is superfluous and the other term can stand alone. In other cases we can say 'known as' or 'this is called'.
Category: Misused terms in EU publications (Gardner) (ID: MISUSED_TERMS_EU_PUBLICATIONS)
Link: https://euenglish.webs.com/
Incorrect sentences
that this rule can detect:
  • The so-called transitional system for the application of VAT…
  • …, designed for monitoring the respiratory and anaesthetic gases of a patient under medical treatment (so-called 'Gas Analyser Module')'
Correct sentences
for comparison:
  • The transitional system for the application of VAT…
  • …, designed for monitoring the respiratory and anaesthetic gases of a patient under medical treatment ('Gas Analyser Module').
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Check the following text against just this rule:

ID: EUPUB_SO_CALLED [1]
Version: 4.8-SNAPSHOT (2019-12-10 21:33)