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

Daniel Sipes
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow that's rather interesting. I'll take note of this for the future.

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Sanne H.
Community Member
2 years ago

In The Netherlands, many people say "England" while we actually mean the UK (just like many people say "Holland" while they actually mean The Netherlands by the way). A historical thing I guess.

Juha Virtanen
Community Member
2 years ago

Sanne H, I guess that's the practice everywhere, just calling the whole bunch of sub-areas "England"....

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Randy Inbred
Community Member
2 years ago

Well this will all change when Scotland gets independence! #brexit

Timothy Kemp
Community Member
1 month ago

no, it won't. Great Britain is an island, the largest island in the British Isles. By definition it includes most of Scotland, regardless as to whether we become an independent nation or not.

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The Famous Junkie
Community Member
2 years ago

The U.K./GB is weird isn’t it. We’re effectively countries inside another country!

Kristen Halterman
Community Member
2 years ago

Cymru am byth.

Matthew A
Community Member
2 years ago

My brain just broke

Douglas Campbell
Community Member
2 years ago

Which countries comprise the British Isles?

Darren Gilbert
Community Member
2 years ago

The term British Isles is controversial in Ireland, where there are objections to its usage due to the association of the word British with Ireland. The Government of Ireland does not recognise or use the term and its embassy in London discourages its use. As a result, Britain and Ireland is used as an alternative description and Atlantic Archipelago has had limited use among a minority in academia, while British Isles is still commonly employed.

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lazy_panda
Community Member
2 years ago

woah what

Jezergirl
Community Member
2 years ago

Italians do another mistake: they talk about England meaning the United Kingdom. -_-

Bored Fox
Community Member
2 years ago

Jetzergirl - That is acommon mistake nearly everywhere. For example here in Finland many people talk about 'England' when they mean the whole UK.

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Tom Simmons
Community Member
2 years ago

Also GB includes the channel islands which UK does not

Sally King
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually no. Channel Islands are part of British Isles only. We are Crown Dependencies!

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

yep, northern ireland but not the republic of ireland, who both have their own national football teams, but there's only one unified rugby team.

Simon Rushton
Community Member
2 years ago

Then you have the British Isles as well...

Darren Gilbert
Community Member
2 years ago

The term British Isles is controversial in Ireland, where there are objections to its usage due to the association of the word British with Ireland. The Government of Ireland does not recognise or use the term and its embassy in London discourage its use. As a result, Britain and Ireland is used as an alternative description, and Atlantic Archipelago has had limited use among a minority in academia, while British Isles is still commonly employed.

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Christina Eneroth (Eneroth3)
Community Member
1 month ago

GB: an island; UK: A country

Hugh Walter
Community Member
1 month ago

Forgot the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man; both UK not Britain, left the Shetland's off both images!

Eleanor Roberts
Community Member
1 month ago

Don’t forget the Isle of Wight, Isle of Skye, the Hebrides. All British Isles.

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Sally Murray
Community Member
1 month ago

This is just to confuse us :)

Kevin Braid
Community Member
2 years ago

not for much longer, Scotland will be going indy soon, the UK will cease to exist and rightfully so, not many ppl know this sadly but the Brits are robbing the shit out of Scotland.

Laura
Community Member
2 years ago

UK also includes Isle of White (sp?) and Isle of Man and other territories

Don Lawson
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually, the United Kingdom also includes the Isle of Man (between Great Britain and Northern Ireland), the Channel Islands (between England and France), Gibraltar, and a scattering of little islands around the world..

Gemma Lees
Community Member
2 years ago

We also own the disputed Falklands because it gives us an interest in Antarctica and any oil or gas that's ever drilled for there.

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Martin Feuchtwanger
Community Member
2 years ago

Except during the Olympics.

A.R.
Community Member
2 years ago

Hmm This I did not know!

Margaret Forsythe
Community Member
2 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNu8XDBSn10

Erica D B
Community Member
2 years ago

I didn't even know this similarity existed until now.

Daniel Losinger
Community Member
2 years ago

Didn't there used to be a British Empire? Whatever happened to that?

Corinne Stephan
Community Member
2 years ago

The transfer of Hong Kong to China in 1997 marked for many the end of the British Empire. Fourteen overseas territories remain under British sovereignty. After independence, many former British colonies joined the Commonwealth of Nations, a free association of independent states.

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Derpy Bob
Community Member
2 years ago

FYI, Brit here, this ones actually wrong, Britain only includes Scotland, England, Wales, Great Britain includes same stuff as UK, British Isles is all of the islands, including Republic of Ireland

Peta Hurley-Hill
Community Member
2 years ago

No,the Republic of Ireland is it's own autonomous country.Britain only occupies Northern Ireland,which is a part of the United Kingdom.

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Ivaylo Badinov
Community Member
2 years ago

GB refers to the island, while UK is the union of nations.

Bored Fox
Community Member
2 years ago

The United Nations is UN (not UK) and it has members from really many countries...

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Lukáš Fiala
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2 years ago

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What about Australia and New Zealand?

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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

Barbara Baxendale
Community Member
2 years ago

I know the difference, marg is bloody awful !!!!

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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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