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
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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
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
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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
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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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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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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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Lee roberts
Community Member
2 years ago

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

Hamlets twin
Community Member
2 years ago

but that cup is usually galvanized :)

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Ntosh
Community Member
2 years ago

So if I drink coffee in a cup, does it turn into a mug? I think the above differentiation does not really make sense. Maybe if you said a mug is a bigger variation of a mug but it does not have a saucer?

Ntosh
Community Member
2 years ago

Oops, wanted to say : * a cup is a bigger variation of a mug. When is bored panda going to allow us to edit our comments

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Helena
Community Member
2 years ago

I think this may be cultural. At least from what I've seen in a couple of European and African countries, it's a larger vessel for tea and a tiny one for coffee.

Kristel
Community Member
2 years ago

What you put in it does not define what it is. Cups are smaller and mugs are bigger (especially taller)

Don Lawson
Community Member
2 years ago

A mug is a cup, but not all cups are mugs.

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Kevin Chen
Community Member
2 years ago

I don’t think this is determined by usage, maybe just aesthetics

Martin Feuchtwanger
Community Member
2 years ago

It's the shape -- not what's in it.

Tove Hansen
Community Member
2 years ago

To blow someones brain; coffee-CUPS also exists :) If you have a nice dinner, and get coffee served afterwards, they don't bring you a mug, but a cup :)

Samantha Beckett
Community Member
2 years ago

Who doesn't know the difference between a mug and a cup? This one is stupid.

Derpy Bob
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeeaaah, I drink my tea out the same mug as my coffee, i think the difference is more in size, thickness, and usually accompanying saucer when it comes to hotter drinks

Don Lawson
Community Member
2 years ago

Both are cups. Mugs usually have handles are thicker and are larger than other cups and are intended for hot liquids, including tea if you want more tea than will fit into a traditional "teacup". "Cup" can also refer to any number of beverage containers of a variety of size, thickness and intended potable. There are: coffee cups, red plastic cups for soda and beer at picnics, paper cups for water at the water fountain, plastic thermos cups on top of your thermos of soup, sake cups, shot glasses, stemware, beer steins, measuring cups, etc.

Bored Fox
Community Member
2 years ago

As a tea drinker I find it very offensive that in many fancy parties the tea cup is smaller than a coffee cup. If I could choose I would always take the largest mug available for my tea. :)

Patricia Rivera
Community Member
2 years ago

Cups are also used for coffee, but usually has a saucer. The different use is just the quantity of beverage you want to drink.

BurntBrownies
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, cuphead and his pal mugman...

Claire Kidd
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually I use a mug for my tea because I like a good amount of it. Also, have you ever heard some stupid people saying that it tastes better out of a cup?! What planet are they living on??

Nancy McKenna
Community Member
2 years ago

I think lore says "cup" but I think it is that bone china (which cups & saucers may be made of) helps tea to taste better. I drink both coffee & tea from a large ceramic mug.

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Anthony Nizza
Community Member
2 years ago

And you stick your pinky out when drinking from a teacup. Lol

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
2 years ago

"I like big mugs and I can not lie"

glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

I like to drink my tea out of a bigass green mug, thank you very much.

mewmew34
Community Member
2 years ago

I use a mug for tea, because if I'm drinking tea I'm drinking plenty of it.

Donna O
Community Member
2 years ago

I know plenty of people who drink mugs of tea.

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
2 years ago

Mug sits on it's bottom but cups sit on pedestals at the bottom and usually on a saucer also

Inge Sigaard
Community Member
1 month ago

Cups are for coffee too

Hugh Walter
Community Member
1 month ago

A cup has a saucer a mug doesn't

Anurag Gothwal
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1 year ago

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Daiana Mavlea
Community Member
1 year ago

In Romania we serve coffee in cups, especially in restaurants, while homemade tea, especially plant infusions, is drunk from a mug. :))

Lex Marcelino
Community Member
2 years ago

Mug can also be a picture while Cup can also be a breast size.

Pobin Rice
Community Member
2 years ago

No no no no.....a MUG is thick. A cup is thin.

MaryLou Bullerman
Community Member
2 years ago

Cups have saucers.

Marika Stanway
Community Member
2 years ago

My mother would never drink her coffee from a mug! It has to be in a cup, for a lady.

Jens Andersen
Community Member
2 years ago

In England they also drink coffee from cups.

Mourits Tavsen
Community Member
2 years ago

I use a mug for tea, because i dont want to fill that baby cup up after each sip

Laura
Community Member
2 years ago

Explain this: why is the thing with no handles called a glass no matter what material its made of, unless it comes from a fast food restaurant then its a cup

KT Pinto
Community Member
2 years ago

Eeeeeeeee! Wrong! Demi-tasse cups are for black coffee.

Bente Gulickx
Community Member
2 years ago

In Holland it is the other way around. Cups are for coffee and mugs for tea. Sometimes made of thickend glass.

Miss Cris
Community Member
2 years ago

In fact, in Spain we use cups to drink coffee and chocolate and (at home) mugs to drink tea

Miss Cris
Community Member
2 years ago

In a bar everything is served in cups

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Eva Friend
Community Member
2 years ago

I always thought cups are just smaller and/or finer mugs and that they can have but don't require a handle. What do you call a stoneware cup (made on purpose) without a handle?

Annamie Murray
Community Member
2 years ago

I've never seen or heard of a stoneware cup without a handle. Except perhaps a chalice!

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Christine M Quigley
Community Member
2 years ago

I always drink my morning tea in a mug!

archy unikeks
Community Member
2 years ago

Mug is used for whatever you want to use it for. Quite popular for drinking beer from it (wooden, glass or even ceramic mugs). Again cup is used for anything you want to use it for, here, coffee is stronger and usually you drink it from a cup, while you drink tea from slightly larger cup usually, since I'm lazy, I make tea in a mug X_x. You'd probably make a cappuccino or nesscaffe in a mug, not a cup.

archy unikeks
Community Member
2 years ago

Clear difference between two things is their size, not their function. We've used to do shots from cups, since we didn't have any small glasses at hand at that time :p

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diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

they are both the same thing - just a mug is bigger

Annamie Murray
Community Member
2 years ago

True. They are both vessels that hold drink. Just the names cup or mug denote the type.

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Shrirang Joshi
Community Member
2 years ago

Two cents from my side - Coffee tastes better in a mug. Tea is not served in mug, if someone wants to drink from mug he can.

Shrirang Joshi
Community Member
2 years ago

I knew at least this one .. :)

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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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