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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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

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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".

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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.

Landon Roberts
Community Member
2 years ago

You dare reference Edgar Allen Poe?!

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BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

"Quoth the Crow" just wouldn't sound right

Just Curious
Community Member
2 years ago

I didn't know anyone confused crows with ravens... except for the guys who make the Game of Thrones TV show

LilicatUK
Community Member
2 years ago

And jackdaws (pale eyes) and rooks (grey beak). Ravens are HUGE!

Data1001
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, I think the first one I saw in person was at Grand Canyon. Thought I was hallucinating for a second, he was so big.

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Randy Inbred
Community Member
2 years ago

You would use a raven to send a message from King's Landing to the crows on the wall.....

Douglas Campbell
Community Member
2 years ago

The ravens at the Tower of London are the size of medium sized dogs.

BREAK YOUr perceptions
Community Member
2 years ago

but why is a raven like a writing desk?

Amanda Schloegel
Community Member
2 years ago

Because Poe wrote on both of them.

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Tom Ryugo
Community Member
2 years ago

At least in the US, the common raven is twice as big as the common crow. Ravens also have what look like whiskers around their beaks. Ravens give off more of a croak sound while the crows have their signature "caw! caw!".

Benj
Community Member
2 years ago

Also, crows caw while ravens croak

Don Lawson
Community Member
2 years ago

Crows also flock together in larger numbers. If you only see one, it's probably a raven.

Melodie Peters Parkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

crow, fan shaped tail, raven, diamond shaped tail (beautiful to see)

Claire Kidd
Community Member
2 years ago

You would know if you saw a Raven- you'd also be very lucky (depending on where you live). Ravens are big birds.

Katinka Min
Community Member
2 years ago

I know there was a difference but I'd never seen a raven. until one day in the woods and it was HUGE! O.o And so black it looked like someone cut a birdshaped hole into the wooden scenery (Ok, not eagle size huge but still way larger than the many crows that live in my city)

Lindsay Davis
Community Member
2 years ago

...I didint know there was a difference till I went to Alaska. Saw my first raven...let's just say there was some panic involved. He was easily over 2 foot tall!!!! Scared me half to death!

Sarah White
Community Member
2 years ago

Who tf thought these were the same?

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
2 years ago

Then there's the Grackle.

Sally Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

And Ravens screech extremely loudly.

Ryan-Michele Eagleton
Community Member
2 years ago

There are also rooks, in the same family but slightly different.

Stephanie Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

At the Tower of London they have 3 ravens in residence. These things are the size of really fat house cats. The legend is that if all 3 die then England will fall. I wonder if 1 dies they just have a backup raven somewhere.

Robert Melton
Community Member
3 months ago

Ravens eat things that are already dead, like vultures. Crows eat vegetables.

Josh Tall
Community Member
3 months ago

plus Ravens "croak" not "caw"

Natasha Blackley
Community Member
2 years ago

Crows are a shiny blue black whereas Ravens seem to be matt black colour

rat race
Community Member
2 years ago

Also you can name a girl "Raven"...but you cant name them "Crow".

Skink Dog
Community Member
2 years ago

Also different communication sounds.

Matthew A
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm shook

Francisco Almendra Soto
Community Member
2 years ago

I knew there was a difference, but never know exactly what it is, until now. Some may say is pure ignorance, but I mst say, in my defense, that in my country there are no crows nor ravens at all.

Stanley Nzerue
Community Member
2 years ago

Yet they are so darn similar.

Šimon Špaček
Community Member
2 years ago

Also there are two types of ravens. One is "northern raven" which is bigger and stronger and can hunt rabbits or rats and likes corpses. The otherone is "Rook". Bit smaller, probably smarter and eats mostly vegetarian food (about 70%), especially grains, nuts and fruits but also likes worms, insects and larvae.

Aileen Grist
Community Member
2 years ago

A crow in a group is a raven - a raven alone is a crow - ie crows go round on their own, or in pairs - apparently - while ravens move in groups. But not in my garden

Claire Kidd
Community Member
2 years ago

Not in my experience (with Crows). They're always in groups, called Murders.

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M.J. J.
Community Member
2 years ago

when ravens fly their tail forms a V shape, crows tail are blunt

A.R.
Community Member
2 years ago

I wonder if we have ravens in the US? I know for sure we have tons of crows in the NW.

Kami
Community Member
2 years ago

For once it's easier in french: "corbeau" and "grand corbeau" ^^'

Bored Fox
Community Member
2 years ago

The crows have really many species so this is not completely accurate. For example in my country most crows are black&grey and those live also in the cities so those are really easy to recognise while the ravens usually live just in the woods and are much more rare.

_WEIRD_ONE_
Community Member
2 years ago

actually, im pretty sure that both of those pictures e of ravens... : ¬ /

Catalina Salvatierra
Community Member
2 years ago

In spanish they're both called CUERVO, how the heck am I going to express myself correctly from now on?

Crazy Cow Lady
Community Member
2 years ago

Crows are part of the Raven family.

Christophe Ferreira
Community Member
2 years ago

Size? Have you seen the crows in Japan?!

BlueDragons3
Community Member
2 years ago

Either way their both pretty

Hubble bubble
Community Member
2 years ago

Crow may also have a gray patch

Karol Saenz
Community Member
2 years ago

In Spanish have the same name

Monika Rhodes
Community Member
2 years ago

Forgot to mention- ravens seem much scarier ;)

Alib
Community Member
2 years ago

A crow's beak is more of a straight V, while ravens have a curve on the top of their beak. But so many crows and ravens have interbred it is getting harder to tell them apart.

Diana Snow
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought ravens are all black and crows not necessarily?

Anna Wu
Community Member
2 years ago

Both are the Dark One's eyes. :)

Geri Jernigans
Community Member
2 years ago

Upstart Crow. Favourite show.

Sergey Basalaev
Community Member
2 years ago

This pair is even more confusing in Russian (and I imagine in other Slavic languages) since they are named almost identically ('vorona' and 'voron').

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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
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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

Barbara Baxendale
Community Member
2 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
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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