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
2 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
2 years ago

BOTH ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS

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#3

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BusLady
Community Member
2 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
2 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
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2 years ago

:D

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#6

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JolEnka , HansLinde Report

Lizard Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

Both will spit in your eye.

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#7

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TidgyWidy , Oceans_Jewel Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Both cute

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#8

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Pexels , pen_ash Report

Lucida
Community Member
2 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".

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

same in German....

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Perry Swift
Community Member
2 years ago

It drives me insane when people get this wrong. I 100% blame the Ninja Turtles!

Liz dJ
Community Member
2 years ago

Ninja Tortoises doesn't quite cut it

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Pavel Pavel
Community Member
2 years ago

TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) are in fact Turtles! First episode, small boy walks with fish bowl full of water with 4 turtles and it falls down and broke ... little turtles goes into canal. Mutagen changes their body construction and abilities, half turtles half human Hamato Yoshi aka Master Splinter ;-)

Силвия Митева
Community Member
2 years ago

No distinction in my language. I learned the english difference with a short from Alice in Wonderland. They had a turtle under the water and they called him tortoise. Alice was confused, cause it is wrong, and they explaind they call him tortoise, because he "tought us" (he was the teacher). So, solved for me. I remember the short and there it goes "tortoise is wrong if it's in the water"

Touria Van Antwerpen
Community Member
2 years ago

Blame the mistake on Turtle ninjas

Vitus Soska
Community Member
2 years ago

So actualy, it should be "Teenage Mutant Ninja Tortoises" ?! Sexy ... isn't it?

Full Name
Community Member
2 years ago

This is a misnomer. This isn't a hard and fast rule. Depends where you are. It seems to be just a North American thing where tortoises aren't considered a type of turtle. There is no "real" answer, it's like the thing with veggies and fruits (tomatoes and cucumbers etc), it all depends on who you ask because different sciences categorize them differently.

glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

A turtle live in water, a tortoise lives on land. A Turtle's not a tortoise, it's not hard to understand.

Bored Monkei
Community Member
2 years ago

I noticed that Bored Panda used to make this error before. Not once but many times. Well done, Bored Panda. Now you know. ;-)

Alison Rae
Community Member
2 years ago

It's like rectangles and squares. Both are tortoises, but only turtles are aquatic.

Alison Rae
Community Member
2 years ago

Sorry, I got it backwards, but you know what I mean

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Gemma Lees
Community Member
2 years ago

My son refuses to accept that they're not all called turtoises. Trying to argue with a 5 year old who believes he's right is a losing battle!

Tom Ryugo
Community Member
2 years ago

While this is generally true: 1. Box turtles are primarily terrestrial, rarely venturing into water, but are turtles and not tortoises. 2. Some of the South Pacific tortoises have been known to move from one island to another - though they may have just floated rather than actively swam.

Desiré Yen
Community Member
2 years ago

Most North Americans get these two confused. And if it lives on land and water it's a TERRAPIN!

Wendel Boedigheimer
Community Member
2 years ago

The one in the picture is a terrapin. No turtles here...

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Emily Hisel
Community Member
2 years ago

there is such a thing as a land turtle. tortoises are HUGE though and tend to live longer.

rai mei
Community Member
2 years ago

In one of the languages in the Philippines we say 'ba-o' as the general term for turtles but can refer to tortoise also, 'pawikan' for sea turtles, 'hangag' for tortoise (our local tortoise species dwells on land but likes water).

Claire Kidd
Community Member
2 years ago

Another one that really annoys me when people get it wrong.

proud slytherin
Community Member
2 years ago

How do people not know this shit! Americans for you...

Roberta Morrison
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah... Obviously, someone mislabeled "box turtles."

rihana r
Community Member
2 years ago

Who is the one that looks like a pedo grandpa.

Lark
Community Member
2 years ago

Mitch McConnell

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Christophe Ferreira
Community Member
2 years ago

Simon taught me that!

Sarah White
Community Member
2 years ago

And because of this, tortoises have stumps for feet whilst turtles have webbed feet

Daniel Marsh
Community Member
2 years ago

Not entirely accurate. The distinction is merely regional.

Manyin Tom
Community Member
2 years ago

so it's teenage mutant ninja tortoise

Jessica Tischer
Community Member
2 years ago

So what about the terrapin?

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#9

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hirisflower , videorevive Report

Bella Smith
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

Good to have that made concrete!

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#12

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arinaja , Rebecca Siegel Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 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
2 years ago

ignorance, Nevermore.

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#14

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Bru-nO , stevepb Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

They also have "capsule shaped" tablets.

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#15

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skeeze , gkgegk Report

fckucarol
Community Member
2 years ago

seal=floofy sea lion=smooth

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#16

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StockSnap , Mariamichelle Report

Rue Granger
Community Member
2 years ago

Geography lessons payed off 😂!

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#17

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ndemello , danielamorescalchi0 Report

Casandra Nițescu
Community Member
2 years ago

Crayfish are also significantly smaller than lobsters

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#18

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Staleybk , Pexels Report

Erin
Community Member
2 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

Patricia Ross
Community Member
2 years ago

Butter: food---Margarine: chemical

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#20

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adege , Hans Report

Lizard Queen
Community Member
2 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
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2 years ago

What is the porpoise of this?

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#22

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Luctheo , Annca Report

Hans
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

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

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