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

Commonly Misused Words

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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wiki Report

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
Community Member
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

Commonly Misused Words

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".

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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

Commonly Misused Words

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
Community Member
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.

Robert Morson
Community Member
2 years ago

True, but wasps are still much more dangerous than bees. Bees will generally leave you alone if you leave them alone. Wasps will f*ck you up for looking at them funny. This is why nobody deliberately keeps wasp nests as a hobby. Well, that and wasps don't produce anything we want.

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GlassOfWater
Community Member
2 years ago

Bees - cute fluffy things that try to avoid stinging you. Wasps - flaming angry ninjas that are always trying to sting you.

Johanna Zamora
Community Member
2 years ago

Only when you mess with their nests on a hot sunny day

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BobbyK
Community Member
2 years ago

WASPs usually come from Conn. or MA.

Jacques Lacroix
Community Member
2 years ago

Bees are victims of Monsanto

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm sure wasps too, but people care less :-(

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Cactuar Jon
Community Member
2 years ago

Again... how can people get confused by these???

Ingo Sauer
Community Member
2 years ago

Wasps can sting you & live on, right? Friggin' stripey punks...

Melodie Peters Parkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

bees: cute, furry, make honey. wasps: not cute, not furry, assholes.

Mama Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

What about Africanized Bees? Those fkrs are super aggressive!!!

Sykz
Community Member
2 years ago

wasps are the assholes of nature.

Meep
Community Member
2 years ago

If it stings, I'm going to be too far away to see if it's a wasp or a bee

Rob Williams
Community Member
2 years ago

What nonsense! That is just one species of bees and one of wasps. There are many more with wildly different characteristics,

Patricia Rix
Community Member
2 years ago

Not all wasps make paper nests. Some make mud nests. Some drill into wood.

Claire Kidd
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't know why people hate Wasps so much. Yes, they;re interested in you if you have food. They don't seek you out to sting you, unless they feel threatened. They're good for the eco-system.

Master Markus
Community Member
2 years ago

It annoys me how many people I've heard call wasps "bees". I generally distinguish them by how bees are "fuzzy" while every wasp I've seen is smooth.

Hewwo
Community Member
2 years ago

Bees, aww Wasps, AAAAAAAAGH

Rachael Monosson
Community Member
2 years ago

This only describes the Honeybee and the Yellow Jacket. Lots of bees don't live in hives. Lots of wasps are pollinators, and/or don't build paper nests. The fig tree is ONLY pollinated by wasps!

Emily Hisel
Community Member
2 years ago

wasps CAN live solo, but they don't tend to, bees MUST have a nest with over 100 operating workers or the queen will starve, or the progress on storing enough fo winter will not be able to keep up. if you want some fun, you should go to youtube and look up bees cooking hornet alive! it will have an infrared shot and everything. you should see it!

anarkzie
Community Member
2 years ago

I think it depends on the species, some are social some are solitary. Some solitary wasp are really interesting, they will paralysis spiders with their stingers, bury them alive and lay there eggs in them only for the baby wasp to eat it's way out of the spider much like the Alien in the film Alien.

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M.J. J.
Community Member
2 years ago

And hornets? are they wasps?

Jonathon Dickson
Community Member
2 years ago

Bees = good guys....Wasps = Wanks

La bellesouris
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm allergic to the venom of wasps and bees so I don't get close enough to look at any of them funny

Poncho Alarcon
Community Member
2 years ago

This is a wasp collecting pollen and nectar (?) =) 180409-Was...2-jpeg.jpg 180409-Wasp-collecting-pollen-5acec35861992-jpeg.jpg

Birdgirl45
Community Member
2 years ago

I HATE WASPS

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 years ago

Wasps are the assholes of the insect world.

Darrin Bowers
Community Member
2 years ago

Bees = wonderful little creatures, Wasps = assholes with wings.

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JayMike
Community Member
2 years ago

You mean there are people out there that don't know the difference?

Francisco Leitão
Community Member
2 years ago

You could've told the difference between a wasp, a yellow jacket and a hornet, cause I have no idea what it is, in my language we use the same word for the three

Tora Wookiee Macaw
Community Member
2 years ago

One is "I'm a cute little Bee that makes tasty Honey" The other is "I WILL CUT YOU"

Francisco Rio Doce Martins
Community Member
2 years ago

Bee = honey Wasp = Sting

KT Pinto
Community Member
2 years ago

Bees = sort of scary. Wasps = REALLY scary.

Matthew A
Community Member
2 years ago

Wasp the point of bees pictures???

Tom Ryugo
Community Member
2 years ago

The gall wasps that Alfred Kinsey studied before taking up human sex research don't fit the description.

Katri Niemelä
Community Member
2 years ago

Wasp = cunt with wings

Trista Buskohl
Community Member
2 years ago

Beds are fuzzy, wasps are shiny

Brad Ruley
Community Member
2 years ago

Bees are nice. Wasps are assholes.

Annie Fullmer
Community Member
2 years ago

Honey bees are non-aggressive. Unlike hybrid killer bees and wasps who are nasty sons-of-bees.

Claire Kidd
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes, I think people get confused when they see Honey Bees.

A.R.
Community Member
2 years ago

and bees are out friends but wasps are total asswipes.

Roberta Morrison
Community Member
2 years ago

Bees sting once, wasps sting multiple times.

Claire Kidd
Community Member
2 years ago

Not true. Bumble Bees don't have a barb on their stinger so they can sting many times. Honey Bees do have a barb which pulls the stinger out when they sting.

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 years ago

Do people really not know the difference.

Sillyist
Community Member
2 years ago

They should have put 'one is cute, the other is an asshole'

Barbara Baldwin
Community Member
2 years ago

That's a hornet! Only thing I might kill with malice. Just the pic is terrifying..

Claire Kidd
Community Member
2 years ago

It is NOT a Hornet. Look up what a Hornet is. They're very different. That is a Wasp, or Yellowjacket.

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Tyler Cook
Community Member
2 years ago

what about bumblebees

Barb Forester
Community Member
2 years ago

News s Bees sting once and die, wasps sting repeatedly.

Claire Kidd
Community Member
2 years ago

Not true. Bumble Bees don't have a barbed stinger, and so can sting as many times as they like. Honey Bees do have a barb which pulls out and gets stuck in the skin.

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Bridget Wright
Community Member
2 years ago

Only the female wasps have stingers.

Jace
Community Member
2 years ago

Wasps, most often yellow jackets, as shown in the image above, seem to give bees a bad rap for people who are not aware of (or willing to learn) the difference. Also, did you know that the honeybee in North America is not a native? It is displacing the native pollinators, all for agriculture. While i like honeybees, all the "save the bees" publicity is for agriculture, not for the sake of protecting a species.

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

Bees can use their stings only once....

Steve Bowman
Community Member
2 years ago

Depends on the thing they sting.

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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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