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.

Dysania
Community Member
2 years ago

its 01:15 at night and I just woked up my friend by laughing which was followed by me, punching wall with the back of my head. Thank you :D

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Jeremie Guerra
Community Member
2 years ago

Following the logic, caïmans have a W-shaped snout ? :)

Lizard Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

Technically, caimans are in the alligator family. And everyone forgets gharials.

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Erica D B
Community Member
2 years ago

If I came across either, I wouldn't be look at what shaped snout they have to see what is attacking me. I would just run.

Diana Snow
Community Member
2 years ago

If one is eating you it hardly matters really

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
2 years ago

When you look at them with the mouths closed, the Croc will have its teeth visible. The Alligator won't.

Tom Ryugo
Community Member
2 years ago

I've heard that an alligator also has a round eye like a dog while a croc has a cat eye.

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yerawitchSam13
Community Member
2 years ago

Why don't they switch them around so the alligator can have an A-shaped snout?

limabean180
Community Member
2 years ago

It should be the other way around the alligators snout is shaped like a "C" and the crocodiles snout is shaped like an "A"

Daniel Marsh
Community Member
2 years ago

Another list that would be interesting would be things people presume must have differences they just don't know about... but don't. Examples: Caribou/Reindeer, Moose/Elk, Ferret/Polecat.

Dox de la Cruz
Community Member
2 years ago

It is easier to remember that alligators have C-shaped snouts and crocodiles have A-shaped snouts.

Jeffery Smith
Community Member
23 hours ago

Not exactly the same but related. There is no such language as Chinese any more than there is a such thing as European. Speakers of Mandarin don't understand Cantonese and vice versa. Nor any other Chinese language, many with different numbers of tones.

Kapil Rawat
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10 months ago

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Ashish Bharti
Community Member
1 year ago

Great..

Dolby Atmos
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1 year ago

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Barbara McCormack
Community Member
2 years ago

One will eat you one won't.

ee rabid
Community Member
2 years ago

And both will eat you

mewmew34
Community Member
2 years ago

They should have their names swapped to match their noses. Crocs have an A shaped nose, Gators have a C shaped nose. Should be the other way around.

Matthew A
Community Member
2 years ago

Neat

Misterscooter
Community Member
2 years ago

I've never heard anyone say, "Crocodile, Alligator, same thing."

Tom Ryugo
Community Member
2 years ago

Alligators hide their teeth when their mouth is closed. Crocodiles' teeth shows when the mouth is closed.

It's Lit
Community Member
2 years ago

good to know

Neave GrimWyck
Community Member
2 years ago

Alligator eats the baby in an A shape Crocodile eats the baby in a U shape

A.R.
Community Member
2 years ago

I knew the difference in shapes but always forget which ones we have in the USA and the ones we don't.

Pika Nadechiko
Community Member
2 years ago

In my language, both alligator and crocodile has the same word which is buaya xD Maybe this is why I used to be confused lol

Renard Bansale
Community Member
2 years ago

And the gavial?

Pamda Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

The one that helped me more is: you can't see an alligator's teeth when it's mouth is closed. I mean, maybe a little bit, but the snaggle-tooth award definitely goes to the crocodile.

Bill Yardley
Community Member
2 years ago

With their snouts closed, you cannot see any teeth of an alligator, but you can see the fourth tooth on both sides of a crocodile's lower jaw.

Just Your Average Giraffe
Community Member
2 years ago

They got these the wrong way around??

Perry Swift
Community Member
2 years ago

Honestly never knew this!

Jill
Community Member
2 years ago

One is also more typically agressive than the other, but I can’t remember which. I’m not going to try and find out IRL either.

Denni Mulyawan
Community Member
2 years ago

Look similar.. :)

mulk
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you so much! NOW I know how to differenciate the two species!

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Don't want to get close enough to tell. I'm staying away from both.

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Peta Hurley-Hill
Community Member
2 years ago

Crocodiles grow a lot bigger too.

Kathy Spencer
Community Member
2 years ago

then why don't those ugly 'crocs' have us shaped toes?? Hmmmm

Daniel Losinger
Community Member
2 years ago

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Which one will make a better pair of boots?

t i s h
Community Member
2 years ago

Twat in crocodile skin shoes LOL don't you look pretty

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Ivaylo Badinov
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2 years ago

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just check this site owlcation.com/stem/Whats-the-difference-between-alligators-and-crocodiles

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#2

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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
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
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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
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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
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2 years ago

Geography lessons payed off 😂!

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#17

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ndemello , danielamorescalchi0 Report

Casandra Nițescu
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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
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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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