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

mulk
Community Member
3 years ago

Thank you so much! NOW I know how to differenciate the two species!

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#2

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Widerstroem , Markoren Report

Erin
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3 years ago

Both adorable

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#3

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wiki Report

BusLady
Community Member
3 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

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

ouch!

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#5

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

:D

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#6

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JolEnka , HansLinde Report

Lizard Queen
Community Member
3 years ago

Both will spit in your eye.

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#7

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TidgyWidy , Oceans_Jewel Report

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

Both cute

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#8

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Pexels , pen_ash Report

Lucida
Community Member
3 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".

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 years ago

same in German....

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Perry Swift
Community Member
3 years ago

It drives me insane when people get this wrong. I 100% blame the Ninja Turtles!

Liz dJ
Community Member
3 years ago

Ninja Tortoises doesn't quite cut it

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Pavel Pavel
Community Member
3 years ago

TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) are in fact Turtles! First episode, small boy walks with fish bowl full of water with 4 turtles and it falls down and broke ... little turtles goes into canal. Mutagen changes their body construction and abilities, half turtles half human Hamato Yoshi aka Master Splinter ;-)

Силвия Митева
Community Member
3 years ago

No distinction in my language. I learned the english difference with a short from Alice in Wonderland. They had a turtle under the water and they called him tortoise. Alice was confused, cause it is wrong, and they explaind they call him tortoise, because he "tought us" (he was the teacher). So, solved for me. I remember the short and there it goes "tortoise is wrong if it's in the water"

Touria Van Antwerpen
Community Member
3 years ago

Blame the mistake on Turtle ninjas

Vitus Soska
Community Member
3 years ago

So actualy, it should be "Teenage Mutant Ninja Tortoises" ?! Sexy ... isn't it?

Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago

This is a misnomer. This isn't a hard and fast rule. Depends where you are. It seems to be just a North American thing where tortoises aren't considered a type of turtle. There is no "real" answer, it's like the thing with veggies and fruits (tomatoes and cucumbers etc), it all depends on who you ask because different sciences categorize them differently.

glowworm2
Community Member
3 years ago

A turtle live in water, a tortoise lives on land. A Turtle's not a tortoise, it's not hard to understand.

brukernavn340
Community Member
6 months ago

Isn't tortoise a kind of turtle?

Tamara Eijke
Community Member
6 months ago

Netherlands has 3 distinctions in turtle (or loosely translated; shelltoad); (fresh)water-, sea- and land-

Sally Murray
Community Member
6 months ago

So Box Turtles are tortoises? No wonder I never got it right

Jill Bussey
Community Member
6 months ago

I have been commenting on this mistake for years.

Bored Monkei
Community Member
2 years ago

I noticed that Bored Panda used to make this error before. Not once but many times. Well done, Bored Panda. Now you know. ;-)

Alison Rae
Community Member
2 years ago

It's like rectangles and squares. Both are tortoises, but only turtles are aquatic.

Alison Rae
Community Member
2 years ago

Sorry, I got it backwards, but you know what I mean

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Gemma Lees
Community Member
2 years ago

My son refuses to accept that they're not all called turtoises. Trying to argue with a 5 year old who believes he's right is a losing battle!

Tom Ryugo
Community Member
2 years ago

While this is generally true: 1. Box turtles are primarily terrestrial, rarely venturing into water, but are turtles and not tortoises. 2. Some of the South Pacific tortoises have been known to move from one island to another - though they may have just floated rather than actively swam.

Desiré Yen
Community Member
2 years ago

Most North Americans get these two confused. And if it lives on land and water it's a TERRAPIN!

Wendel Boedigheimer
Community Member
2 years ago

The one in the picture is a terrapin. No turtles here...

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Emily Hisel
Community Member
2 years ago

there is such a thing as a land turtle. tortoises are HUGE though and tend to live longer.

rai mei
Community Member
3 years ago

In one of the languages in the Philippines we say 'ba-o' as the general term for turtles but can refer to tortoise also, 'pawikan' for sea turtles, 'hangag' for tortoise (our local tortoise species dwells on land but likes water).

Claire Kidd
Community Member
3 years ago

Another one that really annoys me when people get it wrong.

proud slytherin
Community Member
3 years ago

How do people not know this shit! Americans for you...

Roberta Morrison
Community Member
3 years ago

Yeah... Obviously, someone mislabeled "box turtles."

rihana r
Community Member
3 years ago

Who is the one that looks like a pedo grandpa.

Lark
Community Member
2 years ago

Mitch McConnell

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Christophe Ferreira
Community Member
3 years ago

Simon taught me that!

Sarah White
Community Member
3 years ago

And because of this, tortoises have stumps for feet whilst turtles have webbed feet

Daniel Marsh
Community Member
3 years ago

Not entirely accurate. The distinction is merely regional.

Manyin Tom
Community Member
3 years ago

so it's teenage mutant ninja tortoise

Jessica Tischer
Community Member
3 years ago

So what about the terrapin?

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#9

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hirisflower , videorevive Report

Erin
Community Member
3 years ago

This is one I didn't know

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#10

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Alaska Fisheries Science Center , GFDL&CC Report

Robin Linde Scheutz
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, and both are delicious!

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#11

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Life-Of-Pix , Pexels Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Good to have that made concrete!

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#12

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arinaja , Rebecca Siegel Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 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

Sergey Basalaev
Community Member
3 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
3 years ago

They also have "capsule shaped" tablets.

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#15

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skeeze , gkgegk Report

Lucida
Community Member
3 years ago

Not true! Sea Lions are also covered in fur.

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#16

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StockSnap , Mariamichelle Report

mulk
Community Member
3 years ago

That's the main difference which "climate change denier politicians" don't know about... like this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E0a_60PMR8

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#17

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ndemello , danielamorescalchi0 Report

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

Growing up in Texas, we called Crayfish "Crawdads", but we pronounced it "Craw-deads". Don't know why. LOL

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#18

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Staleybk , Pexels Report

Erin
Community Member
3 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

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

Sadly in Australia many margarines also have dairy components. You need to know that if you need a totally dairy free marg,

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#20

Commonly Misused Words

adege , Hans Report

Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
3 years ago

Except no

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#21

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mikakaptur , Marcus Wernicke Report

GlassOfWater
Community Member
3 years ago

What is the porpoise of this?

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#22

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Luctheo , Annca Report

Hans
Community Member
3 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

Iris Jans
Community Member
3 years ago

Also: a golden retriever's tail is fluffier

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#24

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DesignNPrint , indigokiri Report

Rue Granger
Community Member
3 years ago

OOOHHHH

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#25

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Linda De Volder , Dmitry Dzhus Report

Hans
Community Member
3 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

Ryukei Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

There is a good trick in French to remember the difference :) StalacTites fall from the ceiling (fall=Tomber) and stalagMites rise from the floor (rise=Monter)... T-T and M-M :)

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#27

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earth247woman , Illuvis Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

If you look a bit more in detail, Lepidoptera are a rather complex issue. Butterflies and moth are from the same family, but the subgrouping is very complex. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepidoptera is a fascinating read! There are 180,000 species...

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#28

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willems_87 , Nahal08 Report

mulk
Community Member
3 years ago

This one is very funny... How people could make this kind of confussion!

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#29

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Zweer de Bruin , Bertoguide Report

SykesDaMan
Community Member
3 years ago

I mixed those two my whole life! Not sure if I'll remember it though, but for the minutes to come I'll know it

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#30

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Ben_Kerckx , fsHH Report

Rue Granger
Community Member
3 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

Lizard Queen
Community Member
3 years ago

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Also, frogs have teeth, toads do not.

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#32

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NickRivers , webandi Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 years ago

Bees can use their stings only once....

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#33

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Liz Mochrie , George Wesley & Bonita Dannells Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Right: Tastes like heaven... Left: meh...

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#34

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GLady , Dennis Candy Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 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
3 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

Sergey Basalaev
Community Member
3 years ago

What about wallaroos?

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#37

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Alexas_Fotos , Glavo Report

Ntosh
Community Member
3 years ago

Rats are bigger and scarier, and can make you scream like a little child when you see one, if you see two or more you might scream and cry like a crazy person.

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#38

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Rawpixel , Wpaczocha Report

Lee roberts
Community Member
3 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

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

In the US, we just call them all cookies

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