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

Addie Tovera
Community Member
2 years ago

FLOOF

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Caridina Japonica
Community Member
2 years ago

sea lions have front drive, seals have rear drive. just look at their flippers.

Jonathon Dickson
Community Member
2 years ago

totally read earholes as arseholes wondered why they would have a flap on their arseholes for a second

Don Lawson
Community Member
2 years ago

All pinipeds are covered in fur. Sea lion fur is just shorter, not "sparser".

Daniel Marsh
Community Member
2 years ago

Again: be cautious. Sea lions are any of several species of "eared seals," which are distinguished from "true seals," but several types of "seals," including "fur seals" belong in the same family as sea lions, and have ears and short claws.

Debbie
Community Member
2 years ago

Animal Wiki: "fur seals are also in the sea lion family and are not true seals"

Matthew A
Community Member
2 years ago

One fluffy one is slick

Iceroyalmilktea
Community Member
2 years ago

that seal is so adorable

Steve Hovland
Community Member
2 years ago

Tom is correct. I had only seen documentaries where leopard seals had attracted penguins. Not doing the research is inexcusable; other seals kill penguins. Also, quitting research after I found out some seals rape penguins is perfectly acceptable.

Rachael Monosson
Community Member
2 years ago

The major difference isn't the fur so much ("fur seals" are actually sea lions) but the ears, and also that the sea lion can rotate its back flippers to 'walk' while the seal cannot, and has to 'crawl' on its belly.

Benj
Community Member
2 years ago

Also sea lions are able to sit upright, like a dog, or a land animal, while seals on land are basically like big sausages.

Melissa Spencer
Community Member
2 years ago

Why did I not know that they have claws!

Kiki
Community Member
2 years ago

Sea lions are also aggressive.

Nadia Ramen
Community Member
2 years ago

They eat penguins... ;-;

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Vincent Jay
Community Member
2 years ago

Sea lions vocalize, but seals are silent.

Caroline Desbiens
Community Member
2 years ago

Plus sea lions give kisses

Chelle
Community Member
2 years ago

Thought SEAL is a nickname for SEA Lion haha

rat race
Community Member
2 years ago

And both types bow to their God - the Walrus.

Jeff Gachihi
Community Member
2 years ago

Fun Fact...did you know that when it snows, a Seal's eyes become large and the light that you shine can't be seen?

Jeff Gachihi
Community Member
2 years ago

Also, did you know that when it snows a Seal's eyes become large and the light that you shine can't be seen?

Laura
Community Member
2 years ago

floofy? learn some thing new every day

Tom Ryugo
Community Member
2 years ago

Sea lions are far more mobile on land than seals.

Mer
Community Member
2 years ago

...SAM? #SSSSS...

Celia Soltero
Community Member
2 years ago

Sea Lion aka Water Dog

rihana r
Community Member
2 years ago

Was married to Heidi klum:did not marry Heidi klum

Bec Snyder
Community Member
2 years ago

A major distinction is that sea lions can use their rear flippers in a walking motion, but seals can not.

Diana Snow
Community Member
2 years ago

Seal looks like Mark Zuckerberg

Edy Eko
Community Member
2 years ago

Up till now, I believe that seal is short name for sea lion

A Ghost
Community Member
2 years ago

What about Sea Dogs?

TC
Community Member
2 years ago

And a Seal ion... ?

Alex Newell
Community Member
2 years ago

The very small particles that make up seals!

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
2 years ago

Seal: Cute... Sea Lion: Full of Swag

Lucida
Community Member
2 years ago

Not true! Sea Lions are also covered in fur.

Giedrė
BoredPanda Staff
2 years ago

Thanks for the heads up! We've updated the info to the more accurate version.

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Useless Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

Whoever thought these were the same? I didn't, but am I so isolated that I don't know that everyone thinks these were the same?

Addie Tovera
Community Member
2 years ago

i did. i used to think they're the same.

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Hamlets twin
Community Member
2 years ago

But did you know that when it snows ; My eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen?

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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.

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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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