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.

(h/t)

#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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

Widerstroem , Markoren Report

Bella Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

BOTH ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS

View more comments
#3

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

wiki Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

But not Ireland. A lot of ppl don't know this

View More Replies...
View more comments
#4

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

:D

View More Replies...
View more comments
#6

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

JolEnka , HansLinde Report

Lizard Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

Both will spit in your eye.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#7

Commonly Misused Words

TidgyWidy , Oceans_Jewel Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Both cute

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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".

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

hirisflower , videorevive Report

Bella Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

I have never heard of oposumms but they are cute!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

Life-Of-Pix , Pexels Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Good to have that made concrete!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

arinaja , Rebecca Siegel Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

in the uk jam is on toast and jelly is with ice cream...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

Diane Olivier , Sally Wynn Report

Robin Linde Scheutz
Community Member
2 years ago

ignorance, Nevermore.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

Bru-nO , stevepb Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

They also have "capsule shaped" tablets.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

skeeze , gkgegk Report

fckucarol
Community Member
2 years ago

seal=floofy sea lion=smooth

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

StockSnap , Mariamichelle Report

Rue Granger
Community Member
2 years ago

Geography lessons payed off 😂!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

ndemello , danielamorescalchi0 Report

Casandra Nițescu
Community Member
2 years ago

Crayfish are also significantly smaller than lobsters

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

Staleybk , Pexels Report

Erin
Community Member
2 years ago

I only know this because I am a cat nerd

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

rodeopix , Peter Hinsdale Report

Barbara Baxendale
Community Member
2 years ago

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

View more comments
#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

mbergen
Community Member
2 years ago

My dad use to say similar all the time "everything is edible, some things only once"

Load More Replies...
SykesDaMan
Community Member
2 years ago

And not venomous!!! Don't ask me how I know this!

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
2 years ago

This is getting a bit ridiculous. The distinction between mushrooms and toadstools is another nonscientific one, and there are poisonous muchrooms and nonpoisonous toadstools. I've eaten "toadstools". I'm not going to tell anyone which is which though, because the difference can be so difficult to discern for an untrained and inexperienced person that it can be lethal. This particular arbitrary definition is so dangerous as to be irresponsible. I hope that everyone reading this definition absolutely DOES NOT rely on it to distinguish between 'mushrooms' and 'toadstools'.

Patricia Rix
Community Member
2 years ago

Good grief. Not all mushrooms are edible. These generalizations are, generally, incorrect.

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Do not eat princess toadstool!

Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
2 years ago

Except no

Rachael Monosson
Community Member
2 years ago

NO NO NO!!!! NOT all mushrooms are edible! If someone calls something a 'mushroom,' even if they are knowledgable, that does not mean it is edible. It might still be deadly!! Do NOT listen to this! Get foraging advice from an expert or a natural history guide, not from a random internet article!

Dhanya Munro
Community Member
2 years ago

Not all mushrooms are edible. There are many poisonous varieties. Also toadstool is a term used for commonly known inedible or poisonous mushrooms.

Derpy Bob
Community Member
2 years ago

Toadstools are mushrooms, though, just a variant

Berk Amphosa
Community Member
2 years ago

Hardly surprising that a lot of these generalisations with the photos are Fake News. "It is commonly believed that mushrooms are edible and that toadstools are poisonous; in reality, however, no such distinction should be made. The plants of the Hymenomycetes are characterized in general in that they arise from a mass of colorless threads, known as "mycelium" or "spawn," produced in the ground, bark of trees, etc."

Karolína T.
Community Member
2 years ago

You kidding me? Toadstool (amanita) is a kind of mushrooms, not all mushrooms are edible and some amanitas are edible...

Sillyist
Community Member
2 years ago

One is in Mario games, one isn't

Tiari
Community Member
2 years ago

Ehh... a toadstool IS a mushroom... this is just stupid.

Nick Colderwood
Community Member
2 years ago

No they're different but both are Fungi. It's not the post that's stupid......

Load More Replies...
archy unikeks
Community Member
2 years ago

Quite a lot of mushrooms are poisonous until they're cooked.

Hugh Walter
Community Member
1 month ago

This is dangerously untrue and simplistic and should be removed, the difference between the two (and other fungi) is nuanced and arguable, and some 'mushrooms' will kill you some 'toadstools' are edible as is the case with all fungi, phical differences are another guide but equally involute.

Tom Kennedy
Community Member
2 years ago

But which ones are which?

rat race
Community Member
2 years ago

So which one is the Smurf house?

Jeff Gachihi
Community Member
2 years ago

Where's the Magic in these?

rol ne jonge
Community Member
2 years ago

this is not right!!! some toadstools are also edible

Laura
Community Member
2 years ago

Most toadstools will make you wish you could die

Matthew A
Community Member
2 years ago

One makes Mario grow

Wade MacGregor
Community Member
2 years ago

Which makes "poison mushrooms" an odd phrase, even though it is quite common.

_WEIRD_ONE_
Community Member
2 years ago

blank - safe spotted - not safe

Irina Pozdniakova
Community Member
2 years ago

Are you kidding me? Both are mushrooms, but the poisonous ones have a something of a skirt below their top.

Bored Fox
Community Member
2 years ago

Irina Pozdniakova Not all poisonous fungi have that 'skirt'.

Load More Replies...
Ruellen
Community Member
2 years ago

In Polish we call toadstool "muchomor" which sounds similar to mushroom and could be confusing. It literally means "fly killer".

Susanna Vesna
Community Member
2 years ago

I read somewhere that there are tribes in Taiga or Tundra in Russia that eat Toadstools and get high AF. Somehow they are resistant to the poison

Bored Fox
Community Member
2 years ago

Susanna Vesna - 'Magic mushrooms' (psilocybin mushrooms) are used also nowadays in most countries drug scene because those usually grow in ordinary fields and forests so you don't necessary have to do anything illegal to get them. Problem is that eating poisonous fungi is very bad for your liver and it is possible that the 'trip' will be very bad because poisonous mushrooms can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea fever, and other nasty side effects like anxiety and panic attacs. No one is resistant to the poison - the hallucinations are just one effect of that poison.

Load More Replies...
Joe Tilden
Community Member
2 years ago

“Toadstool... Toad stool... Toad poop... Yeah I wouldn’t want to eat that in the first place.”

Cheryl Ramsey-Brooks
Community Member
2 years ago

Both are gross.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

mikakaptur , Marcus Wernicke Report

GlassOfWater
Community Member
2 years ago

What is the porpoise of this?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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.

View more comments
#24

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

DesignNPrint , indigokiri Report

Daniel Losinger
Community Member
2 years ago

Muffins are a main course and cupcakes are dessert.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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"

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

earth247woman , Illuvis Report

Cactuar Jon
Community Member
2 years ago

How do people not know the difference between a butterfly and a moth???

View more comments
#28

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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

View more comments
#29

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

Zweer de Bruin , Bertoguide Report

Lizard Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

Armadillos are native to the Americas, pangolins are native to Asia.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#30

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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?

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#31

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#32

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#33

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#34

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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..

View More Replies...
View more comments
#35

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#36

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#37

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#38

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

Rawpixel , Wpaczocha Report

Lee roberts
Community Member
2 years ago

Unless you drink what may aswell be a bucket of tea like me.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#39

Commonly-Misused-Words-Pairs-Different-Meaning

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?

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda