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When people put "so-called" in front of a noun or a modifier, they imply a doubt or an uncertainty about the legitimacy or validity of that modifier/noun.
- Today many of the so-called NBA players can't even do a proper jump shot.
- The so-called Geneva convention has too many loopholes for exploitation.
- I lost faith in my school district because of those so-called qualified teachers who don't even know there is another world outside the United States.
English language news sites are probably your best bet for learning English. There are a great many of them covering most every topic. If you haven't read "Crazy English" by Willian Safire you're in for a real treat. Another appropriate title for that book might be "My So Called Language".
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