An example of so called is when someone says he is an actor but you don't believe he is. You might say "the so-called actor."
- popularly known or called by this term: the so-called nuclear powers
- inaccurately or questionably designated as such: a so-called liberal
- Commonly called: “the artificial elevation that often occurs when a doctor or nurse reads a patient's blood pressure—the so-called white coat syndrome” ( Andrew Weil )
- Incorrectly or falsely termed: My so-called friends were gossiping about me again.
Usage Note: Quotation marks should not be used to set off descriptions that follow expressions such as so-called and self-styled, which themselves relieve the writer of responsibility for the attribution: his so-called foolproof method (not “foolproof method” ).