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
Community Member
3 years ago

Both adorable

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#3

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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".

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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.

Giedrė
BoredPanda Staff
3 years ago

Unfortunately, it's quite a common occurrence for people to use 'champagne' when talking about sparkling wine (it's actually illegal to label any sparkling wine 'champagne'!). So yes, while all champagne is sparkling wine, not all sparkling wine is champagne.

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Sykz
Community Member
3 years ago

By law if sparking wine wants to be called champagne it has to be made ONLY in Champagne France.

Kiki
Community Member
3 years ago

Basically, two wines can be made the exact same way from the exact same kind of grape, but only the one made in the Champagne region can be called Champagne.

Randy Inbred
Community Member
3 years ago

Prosecco is better

Lillukka79
Community Member
2 years ago

I agree.

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Stephanie Chapman
Community Member
3 years ago

I already learned this from the educational film "Wayne's World".

Jo Morris
Community Member
2 years ago

It was in the mid-2000s that the name 'champagne' can only be used for those made in the champagne region; otherwise it has to be known as 'sparkling wine'.

Camilla Koutsos
Community Member
2 years ago

Bubbly not from Champagne but made the same way may also be labelled as la Méthode Champenoise.

Gemma Lees
Community Member
2 years ago

There are rubbish cheap Champagnes just as there are expensive decent Cavas.

Neave GrimWyck
Community Member
2 years ago

Huh. I was told that sometimes the winemakers screw up during the wine making process so they use that messed up wine to make into sparkling wine. Idk who told me this but I guess it's wrong lol

Steve Hovland
Community Member
2 years ago

The things you learn from Wayne's World

Esme Heath
Community Member
3 years ago

Champagne IS sparkling wine

Andrea Widdra
Community Member
2 years ago

but sparkling wine is not always champagne

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Jill
Community Member
3 years ago

Sort of like Feta cheese ..

Cody Ferguson
Community Member
2 years ago

Similarly what Americans call ‘French fries’ aren’t actually from France. They’re from Belgium.

Brigitta Swart
Community Member
3 years ago

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Champagne is actually a trademark. No other sparkling wine that is made outside of France may be called Champagne

Andres Andrade
Community Member
3 years ago

Champagne is not a trademark, it is a Denomination of Origin, which consists of certain rules, as the origin of a certain region, certain types of grapes for its manufacture, manufacturing method, storage times and aging. Therefore a Champagne and a sparkling wine is not the same

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Nick Colderwood
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3 years ago

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Doesn't have to be made in champagne. As long as the grapes come from champagne it can be made anywhere and legally be called champagne. But who cares, it still tastes like crap.

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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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