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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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

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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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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?

Becca The Bear
Community Member
2 years ago

No we have biscuits and cookies here. Biscuits like Rich Teas and Digestives and stuff whereas cookies are soft

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Kathleen Gaudenzi
Community Member
2 years ago

actually in the US the left is a cracker and the right a cookie. a biscuit is a bread/roll type thing

Abdul Khan
Community Member
2 years ago

I call BS! Biscuits are big and fluffy. Covered in honey or sausage gravy. These biscuits are crackers, and the cookies are cookies, yum. Hello from TEXAS! Bear in mind most of these are just linguistic differences. I'd never own a lorry, but I'd never be without a truck.

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
2 years ago

Right! It's biscuits and gravy no crackers and gravy.

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Carl Watson
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought cookies were things I had to keep blocking on the web.

Ian MacFarlane
Community Member
2 years ago

I still like cookies that are not soft. But that's just how the cookie crumbles. Ginger snaps as an example or Famous Amos chocolate chip ones.

Tom Dibble
Community Member
2 years ago

In the US, at least the locations I've been in (New England and West Coast), "biscuit" is a savory-to-sweet fluffy, non-yeasty, bread roll. Typically made with baking powder or equivalent constituents. "cracker" is savory-to-sweet thin crunchy bread product. "Cookie" is either soft or crunchy, always sweet. I think the post is discussing the British distinction between "biscuit" and "cookie" only.

Teleri Nyfain
Community Member
2 years ago

In Britain these are both biscuits. In most of the US, this shows crackers & cookies - no biscuits in sight.

Xiaolaohu
Community Member
2 years ago

In America, biscuits are like bread or rolls, made with baking powder instead of yeast. We don't use the term biscuit in general for any kind of cookie.

Xiaolaohu
Community Member
2 years ago

Should have said in USA, sorry Canada :(

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Kathleen Gaudenzi
Community Member
2 years ago

this must be british...biscuits in the US are a roll/bread type thing

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
2 years ago

Cookie moster thinks that cookies can be crunchy...

Daniel Losinger
Community Member
2 years ago

Aren't those crackers on the left?

Damla Özcan
Community Member
2 years ago

crackers are salty, biscuits are sweet as far as I know.

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Analyn Lahr
Community Member
2 years ago

The ones on the left look like fancy crackers to this American.

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
2 years ago

In the US those would be crackers and cookies. Biscuits are a form of bread like rolls. In the South we like them for breakfast with egg, sausage, ham, cheese, and/or bacon in them.

Daniel Marsh
Community Member
2 years ago

Cookies are not necessarily soft. In America, they are necessarily sweet.

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
2 years ago

Give this man a cookie for this comment!

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A.R.
Community Member
2 years ago

Ok now this one is not quite correct. Depending on where you are from..in the US, cookies are always sweet and can be hard if you bake them long enough. Biscuits are always soft and are savory often used like bread, they are eaten at meal times, sometimes covered in gravy. Of course then you have crackers and those are a totally different treat. In the UK and Australia, it's all switched around. Do they even have cookies there? I thought their idea of a cookie is a biscuit. Cant remember as its been years since I was in OZ.

serge
Community Member
2 years ago

Modern English stems from old French.....bis cuit meaning baked twice.....how the word is used or what it is used for has nothing to do with it's culinary origin.

Bruce Robb
Community Member
2 years ago

In the US, biscuits are soft and not sweet. Frequently topped with butter and jam or jelly.

Bruce Robb
Community Member
2 years ago

Crunchy things like the "biscuits" above are called "crackers".

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BREAK YOUr perceptions
Community Member
2 years ago

nope nope nope. not correct for all English speaking. Cookies tend to be sweet. Biscuits depending on the country can be savory or flaky or fluffy.

The Famous Junkie
Community Member
2 years ago

Oreos are biscuits in the U.K. cookies are the same as the pic on the right

Vinniegret
Community Member
2 years ago

Not in America. In America, a biscuit is not sweet at all.

This Derpy Pug
Community Member
2 years ago

"have a biscuit Harry"

Kami
Community Member
2 years ago

Biscuit means "cook twice"

Lynne Donovan
Community Member
2 years ago

You pour sausage gravy on biscuits!

Teresa Taylor
Community Member
2 years ago

The photo on the left are what we call “crackers.” The photo on the right are what we call “cookies.” What we call “biscuits” are similar to what British call scones and Irish refer to as soda bread. However, our biscuits are a bit sweeter than traditional soda bread (not so much soda in them). FYI: your crumpets are similar our “hoe cakes.”

Vicky Zar
Community Member
2 years ago

Its all cookies (Kekse) in German! :D

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
2 years ago

...and that's how it should be! Except of course in the Christmas season, because suddenly there are Plätzchen! O.o

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Bella Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

I like my cookies crunchy though

Tarsh Cuddy
Community Member
1 month ago

In Australia all of them are biscuits..or bikkies

Jacqui Weekes
Community Member
1 month ago

More of a US difference, down under they are all biscuits, with a descriptive adjective prior.

Giorgi Aleksishvili
Community Member
1 month ago

if cookies are biscuits, how crunchy are biscuits? :)

Lisa Shelton
Community Member
1 month ago

Biscuits are a savory baked good and cookies are a sweet baked good. Those crazy people in the UK are all sorts of wrong ;)

Marcia Cash
Community Member
1 month ago

no, my oatmeal cookies are very crunchy, thank you. Biscuits are served with eggs and gravy, cookies can be soft, chewy, or crunchy.

Hugh Walter
Community Member
1 month ago

Rubbish, just rubbish, one's an Americanism, the other is pan-European and most of the rest of the World, who haven't picked-up on baggie, cookie, buddy at al....

Camilla Koutsos
Community Member
2 years ago

We call cookies biscuits, and biscuits crackers. Cookies may be crisp though. Gingernuts are rock hard, if they’re made right :)

Laura
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes you are right. But what do English call the thing under your sausage gravy? I never ate that over there, if it even exists, so I don't know

KT Pinto
Community Member
2 years ago

I always thought in the US that cookies were sweet biscuits. *confused*

KT Pinto
Community Member
2 years ago

Wait... I'm really confused. Biscuits are the buttery things you have as part of a meal. Cookies are a dessert... crackers are the (usually salty) digestives.

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Desiré Yen
Community Member
2 years ago

In South Africa we call both biscuits.

Lottie-Mae Sydia
Community Member
2 years ago

In France we use the UK appellation.

Don Lawson
Community Member
2 years ago

NOPE. Biscuits are savory (and frequently hot, soft and flaky) and cookies are sweet (and frequently crisp). That thing on the left is a cracker if savory or a cookie if sweet. I knew we kicked you Brits off of our continent for a reason! JK. :)

Annamie Murray
Community Member
2 years ago

Sure. In America they are, but in Britain they are a dessert biscuit designed for dunking in your coffee or tea. Cookies are also very popular and great with a long cold glass of milk. We have savoury crackers too good for eating with cheese after a meal, and what we call crispbread which is a nice snack with cheese, salad, or even peanut butter. The most popular here is called Ryvita by name. Incidentally, Scottish Shortbread is eaten like a biscuit or cookie, yet is neither really. We don't have any equivalent to the biscuits and gravy you have in America, although our gravy is brown in colour and what you call gravy is a savoury white sauce to us. The nearest thing we have to your biscuit, is a scone, and can be savoury, but most people associate it with a cream tea, and it is eaten with jam and cream.

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RiderAndKallen
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2 years ago

There should be one with stockings and pantyhose. Stockings only cover from toe to thigh. Pantyhose covers from toe to waist.

Lyone Fein
Community Member
2 years ago

In the US we call "biscuits" crackers.

vicki neus
Community Member
2 years ago

The ones on the left are probably solid and sweet and not what Americans call crackers. Except for graham crackers, which are the only example of a sweet 'cracker' I can think of.

David Christensen
Community Member
2 years ago

The UK-parliament deffinition is, that when a biscuit get to old it gets soft - and a cookie gets hard.

The Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

Isn't that (also?) the difference between biscuit and cake - used to solve the Jaffa Cake conundrum? I can see that a soft cookie would get hard as it gets old though. Sigh, now I want a Jaffa Cake...

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Christine M Quigley
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought the British & Irish referred to all cookies as biscuits- which has a totally different meaning in America- I mean, you don't want to have sausage gravy with your cookies...

Mare Freed
Community Member
2 years ago

Cookies can be hard or soft. Think of gingersnaps. Also, most US commercial cookies are hard, like Oreos, Nutter Butter, Chips Ahoy, etc.

Roberta Morrison
Community Member
2 years ago

This doesn't work. Many types of cookies are crunchy and biscuits can be soft. Cookies are sweet, biscuits are more savory.

Sally Wakasugi
Community Member
2 years ago

Those biscuits look sort of like crackers. Are crackers supposed to be salty and biscuits sweeter?

Marnee DeRider
Community Member
2 years ago

So not true for the US

Imam Santosa
Community Member
2 years ago

What about swan and goose, beaver and otter.

Sonvait Sung
Community Member
2 years ago

no, cookies in hk are crunchy

Brenda Pereira
Community Member
2 years ago

Biscuits are round, approx 1-1 1/2 inches tall, and need butter like bread. Best eaten warm with sausage gravy over the top. British biscuits are crackers. Cookies are sweet, snacks items, hopefully home made!

Barbara Baldwin
Community Member
2 years ago

Crackers

David Jeu
Community Member
2 years ago

Except for Limp Biskit of course. 🤣😂

Marian Adams
Community Member
2 years ago

if all biscuits are crunchy how can a variety of biscuit be soft? this makes no sense.

Daniel Sipes
Community Member
2 years ago

In America, the ones on the right are actually crackers, because they are crunchy and crack. :]

Bill Hepfer
Community Member
2 years ago

I think you mean the ones on the left are crackers.

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Ronda Ross
Community Member
2 years ago

Where I'm from a biscuit is a flaky tense roll. Cookies can be soft or crunchy. Crunchy things like the left photo is called a cracker. It's all where you're from, I think.

birdhouse
Community Member
2 years ago

Umm, you can have a crunchy cookie.

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

some UK firms call some types of their biscuits cookies - just because they looy like them - they are crunchy

Bridget Wright
Community Member
2 years ago

NO. It is cookies. "C" is for cookies, that's good enough for me-Cookie Monster

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
2 years ago

It's a war around here (BR), almost a killing floor about it.... if someone from Rio de Janeiro meets a São Paulo's friend automatically they become mortal enemies....

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

In the US, we just call them all cookies

Jerri Ketcham
Community Member
2 years ago

what part of the US do you live in that you call crackers cookies?

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