When we want to say that something is inappropriate or an incorrect selection from several options, we often say that it is "the wrong [whatever]". For example:
Ten o'clock is the wrong time to have lunch.
I put on the wrong shirt this morning.
But this is surely incorrect logically, because the use of the word "the" implies uniqueness where there is none.
Ten o'clock is not uniquely the wrong time to have lunch; nine o'clock would also be wrong. So it's not the wrong time to have lunch, merely a wrong time to have lunch. And if I have a shirt that's not a good selection, then I may have several; yet even if I had several, I would still say that I put on the wrong shirt and not the more logically defensible a wrong shirt.
So why do we talk about wrong selections this way, using the definite article? How long have we been doing it? Is it something that arose from the history of the English language, or did it come to us from a precursor to English?