I noticed an ad in the paper today for a guest house which has "cotton embroidered linen". I am trying to figure this one out. Is it linen embroidered with cotton? I think it is probably linen that is made of cotton and then embroidered. Which is kind of impossible - linen is made of linen - except that these days, I guess, linen just means towels, sheets etc, whatever they are made of.
I have decided the phrase "cotton embroidered linen" belongs with "plastic glasses" and "acrylic wool". I saw the latter in a large craft store. I tried to explain to the sales assistant that it didn't make sense and should be "acrylic yarn" but she just gave me a really dumb look. Of course when I first learned to knit, the only yarn you could buy in New Zealand was made of wool. So everyone just called it "wool". But now there are so many fancy sorts with bobbles, fringes etc and most of these seem to be acrylic. Hence "acrylic wool".