Has someone ever told you that you used a wrong word? Well, you're not alone. Many people confuse terms without even knowing it. You might think that it's usually the English language learners who get the names of concepts or objects all mixed up, but it's not unusual for native speakers to get tangled up in misconceptions too.

The truth is, some terms seem so synonymous that people don't even bother to look them up. So, if you ever find yourself in an argument whether muffins have icing or whether tofu and panner are the same thing, it might mean that you need to do some research. But no worries. This time we've got you covered. Inspired by a Scoop Whoop post we dug around and collected some of the most confusing words to explain the differences between them.

Check out if you've made any of these mistakes and let us know in the comments.

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#1

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CityofDeltona , diaznash Report

Ry Keener
Community Member
4 years ago

One will see you later, the other will see you after a while.

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#2

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Widerstroem , Markoren Report

Bella Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

BOTH ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS

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#3

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BusLady
Community Member
4 years ago

But not Ireland. A lot of ppl don't know this

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#4

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PublicDomainPictures , Foto-Rabe Report

athornedrose
Community Member
4 years ago

or as we were taught, poisonous: hurts if you bite it, venomous: hurts if it bites you.

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#5

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

:D

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#6

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JolEnka , HansLinde Report

Lizard Queen
Community Member
4 years ago

Both will spit in your eye.

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#7

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TidgyWidy , Oceans_Jewel Report

BusLady
Community Member
4 years ago

Both cute

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#8

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Pexels , pen_ash Report

Lucida
Community Member
4 years ago

In my language (Swedish) both have the same name but with "land" and "water" at the beginning of the word, like "waterturtle" and "landturtle".

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#9

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hirisflower , videorevive Report

Bella Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

I have never heard of oposumms but they are cute!

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#10

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Alaska Fisheries Science Center , GFDL&CC Report

Marlene Riethmüller
Community Member
4 years ago

had been told 'shrimp' is used more in American English, while 'prawn' is favoured in British English

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#11

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Life-Of-Pix , Pexels Report

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Good to have that made concrete!

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#12

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arinaja , Rebecca Siegel Report

stellermatt
Community Member
4 years ago

in the uk jam is on toast and jelly is with ice cream...

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#13

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Diane Olivier , Sally Wynn Report

Robin Linde Scheutz
Community Member
4 years ago

ignorance, Nevermore.

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#14

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Bru-nO , stevepb Report

BusLady
Community Member
4 years ago

They also have "capsule shaped" tablets.

Alia Ris
Community Member
4 years ago

a caplet?

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Ashley Say Wha?!?
Community Member
4 years ago

This post is wrong. I'm a pharmacist. Pill is the general term. A capsule or tablet are a type of pill.

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah, what you said.

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Brenda Pereira
Community Member
4 years ago

As a nurse, I can tell you that this is wrong. Both are pills. The yellow ones are capsules, the white ones are tablets. Also, a tablet in the shape of a capsule is a caplet.

Just Curious
Community Member
4 years ago

This is not accurate at all... At least in the US, "pill" is a generic, nonspecific term for either of these orally administered forms of medication. When the medication is contained in a soft shell that dissolves in the GI tract, it is capsule; when the medication is compressed into a solid pellet, it is a tablet. "Caplet" is not actually a medical or pharmaceutical term, it is just a portmanteau of capsule and tablet developed for marketing purposes.

Laurie Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

Not buying into this one. A capsule is a capsule. A tablet is a tablet. Pretty sure either one can be considered a pill...at least in my mental dictionary.

Elizabeth Butler
Community Member
4 years ago

They're ALL pills dammit

Bruce Robb
Community Member
4 years ago

They're both pills. Capsules have medication in gelatin; tablets and caplets are compressed chemicals.

Brigitta Swart
Community Member
4 years ago

Disagree, a pill or a tablet are similar in composition, a capsule remains a capsule, it is not a pill.

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes, I think of a capsule as something held inside a container, like the space capsule.

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Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
4 years ago

Also gelcaps.

Kanishka Rajawansha
Community Member
4 years ago

In Sri Lanka, we use "Capsules" for pills and "Pills" / "Tablets" for tablets

Cordelia
Community Member
4 years ago

Let's just call it medicine...

Akrin Playz!
Community Member
1 year ago

tablets and capsules can both be considered pills (I'm a pharmacist)

Meike Henneman
Community Member
4 years ago

I think both capsules and tablets are pills.

Barbara Cazorla
Community Member
4 years ago

It appears the pictures are switched

Norma Titsworth
Community Member
4 years ago

Actually, the one on the left is a capsule. The term pill is is all inclusive for tablet, caplet, capsule and other oral medication forms.

Neave GrimWyck
Community Member
4 years ago

General term is Pill, but there are capsules (caps) and tablets (tabs)

Cody Ferguson
Community Member
4 years ago

Pills are far more general....including tablets. As in a tablet is a a pill.

AIex Apostolakis
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't believe this is correct. The way most people use the words, both capsules and tablets are types of 'pill'.

Martin Feuchtwanger
Community Member
4 years ago

Wrong; a capsule is a type of pill.

Claire Kidd
Community Member
4 years ago

Did not know that people got this mixed up.

Randy Inbred
Community Member
4 years ago

So why does "the pill" (birth control) look like a tablet?

Justyna Obrzydowska
Community Member
4 years ago

What about contaceptive PLL ? It's usually in a form of ... tablet, right? ;)

Xiaolaohu
Community Member
4 years ago

Nope, this is not quite right, pills have been around for ages, they are according to merriam-webster a "compressed mass of powdered medicine"' not like the GEL CAPSULE that is pictured here and labeled pill.

JessyJoy
Community Member
4 years ago

So why is the "combined contraceptive pill" called a pill of it is by this definition a tablet?

Janet Foxley
Community Member
1 year ago

Historically, pills were spherical.

Sandy Youngbeach
Community Member
1 year ago

Depends on where you stay. Pill would describe both for me, saying capsule or tablet differentiates them where I live. The packaging is even labelled like that.

Akrin Playz!
Community Member
1 year ago

tablets can be considered pills

Sally Murray
Community Member
1 year ago

I've heard both called pills - capsules are plastic covered with stuff inside - tablets powdered/compressed

Chucky
Community Member
3 years ago

Strange to see so many different opinions. It’s more or less like: a square is a rectangle, but not all rectangles are squares. Technically, any medication in solid form for oral ingestion would be a pill. “Have you taken your pills today?” would cover tablets, caplets, capsules... Contraceptive pills (The Pill) mostly come as tablets. The actual form doesn’t matter: most (tabletted) pills are round, some have triangular, square, rectangular, diamond, ... shapes, which can help identification, e.g., in cases of (accidental) overdosing. A “predecessor” of the modern (gelatin) capsule were the “wafer capsules” or “cachets”, small circular “boxes” mostly made of unleavened rice flour dough, in which the actual medical powders (mostly) could be inserted.

Eva Tóthová
Community Member
3 years ago

NO. the main difference is, that pill/capsule has got a special coating to protect the medicine from stomach acid so it can be digested/absorbed further in the bowel. you should never chew or crush capsule. while tablet can be split in two, or even crushed if necessary. it also has got a line in the middle for easier snapping.

Eppu Pesonen
Community Member
4 years ago

Pills float on Waters and tablets sink, that's why you should swallow your pills with your head leaned forward and tablets with you head leaned back

Johanna Zamora
Community Member
4 years ago

Capets.....mind blown

Denni Mulyawan
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4 years ago

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It's obvious..

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#15

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skeeze , gkgegk Report

fckucarol
Community Member
4 years ago

seal=floofy sea lion=smooth

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#16

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StockSnap , Mariamichelle Report

Rue Granger
Community Member
4 years ago

Geography lessons payed off 😂!

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#17

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ndemello , danielamorescalchi0 Report

Casandra Nițescu
Community Member
4 years ago

Crayfish are also significantly smaller than lobsters

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#18

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Staleybk , Pexels Report

Erin
Community Member
4 years ago

I only know this because I am a cat nerd

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#19

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rodeopix , Peter Hinsdale Report

Barbara Baxendale
Community Member
4 years ago

I know the difference, marg is bloody awful !!!!

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#20

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adege , Hans Report

Lizard Queen
Community Member
4 years ago

"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." - Terry Pratchett

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#21

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mikakaptur , Marcus Wernicke Report

GlassOfWater
Community Member
4 years ago

What is the porpoise of this?

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#22

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Luctheo , Annca Report

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

This does not really belong here, does it? A champagne is still a sparkling wine, so technically it is a specialisation, not two thing that are confused but essentially are different.

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#23

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Stanze , Skeeze Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
4 years ago

Their expression say that they are disappointed in you that you didn't know this.

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#24

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DesignNPrint , indigokiri Report

Daniel Losinger
Community Member
4 years ago

Muffins are a main course and cupcakes are dessert.

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#25

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Linda De Volder , Dmitry Dzhus Report

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Do not tell this to all this alternative right movements who claim that there are certain "people" native to places, and that their intermingling with other "races" will weaken the national identity. We may form nations and e may come from different ethnicies, but we are all humans!

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#26

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seagul , mareke Report

Rue Granger
Community Member
4 years ago

"I never know... What's the difference between a stalagmite and a stalactite?" "Stalagmite has an 'm' in it"

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#27

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earth247woman , Illuvis Report

Cactuar Jon
Community Member
4 years ago

How do people not know the difference between a butterfly and a moth???

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#28

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willems_87 , Nahal08 Report

N G
Community Member
4 years ago

What do you call a Gorilla that has a Banana stuck in each ear ? Answer: Anything you like..... because he can't hear you

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#29

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Zweer de Bruin , Bertoguide Report

Lizard Queen
Community Member
4 years ago

Armadillos are native to the Americas, pangolins are native to Asia.

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#30

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Ben_Kerckx , fsHH Report

Rue Granger
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm not sure about everyone else, but I'm pretty sure people know this. Right? Or is it just me?

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#31

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BubbleJuice , kathydetweiler Report

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
4 years ago

I did a Masters and a PhD in anurans. The distinction between 'frogs' and 'toads is arbitary. Not all dryish anurans are short-leggedish, or smoothish, or stringy-eggedish, and not all mucussy anurans are the obverse in one or more of those characteristics. The notion of frogs versus toads is simply a gradient of perceptions with no biological significance. And the teeth thing that another commernter claimed is a nonsense...

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#32

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NickRivers , webandi Report

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
4 years ago

Wasps can be pollinators - there are many species of orchids whose flower structures are predicated on exactly this fact. Look it up.

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#33

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Liz Mochrie , George Wesley & Bonita Dannells Report

Vivek Mhatre
Community Member
4 years ago

Paneer is awesome. Especially when coated with a layer of spiced corn flour or spiced bread.

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#34

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GLady , Dennis Candy Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
4 years ago

I am not sure about this.. The one on the right is also eaten as a fruit in my natives.. It's more like a different variety of Banana..

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#35

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Wounds_and_Cracks , Couleur Report

Mary-Jane Scharnick
Community Member
4 years ago

in S.A the tangerines are called naartjies. pronounced 'nar-chies' . think it comes from the Afrikaans language.

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#36

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SofieZborilova , MartinStr Report

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
4 years ago

Like other differences on this list, the distinctions are arbitrary and not consistent. There is not biological difference between kangaroos and wallabies, save size, and small kangaroos and be smaller than large wallabies. Some wallaby species are distinctly plain in colour. My bona fides? I'm a biologist, with three species of macropod that that come out to graze on my paddocks every night.

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#37

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Alexas_Fotos , Glavo Report

Cactuar Jon
Community Member
4 years ago

Rats are amazing, intelligent creatures and it's about time people stopped being scarred of them and start educating themselves about them. They deserve respect.

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#38

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Rawpixel , Wpaczocha Report

Lee roberts
Community Member
4 years ago

Unless you drink what may aswell be a bucket of tea like me.

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#39

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RitaE , Mooss Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
4 years ago

I thought it's more of US/UK thing. UK calls it biscuits while US cookies.. no?

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