22 Different Things We’re Constantly Confusing
There are many things that we think are the same, but they’re actually 2 different things. For example, when someone says, “I’m going to America,” they probably mean the US. There are also words that we just can’t quite remember how to spell or pronounce and kind of arbitrarily choose what we think is correct. We might not even know that if we change just one vowel, the word will have a completely different meaning!
Sometimes we at Bright Side also confuse these things. Let’s hope that after this article more things will make sense and we’ll never make these mistakes again!
1. Sambo vs Samba
Sambo is a Russian martial art. It is an acronym for “SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya” which means “self-defense without weapons.” Samba, on the other hand, is a dance, or, rather, a couple of dance styles: Brazilian and ballroom.
2. Macarons vs Macaroons
3. Great Britain vs UK
4. Cement vs Concrete
5. Venomous vs Poisonous
If something is venomous, like a snake, it has to inject the venom into someone’s bloodstream. If something is poisonous, like a plant or a chemical, it doesn’t deliver the toxins directly. It can be harmful if touched, eaten, or inhaled. Some snakes can be both poisonous and venomous.
6. Foal vs Pony
7. America vs USA
8. Silicon vs Silicone
Silicon is a chemical element. Silicone is a polymer, which is a chain of silicon atoms mixed with other elements, like oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, etc. It is used in cosmetic surgery, in mold-making, as an automobile lubricant, and for many other purposes.
9. Stalactite vs Stalagmite
10. Jam vs Jelly
11. Turtle vs Tortoise
Turtles are lighter and they have flatter shells and webbed feet to make it easier to move and live underwater. Tortoises live on land, they are heavier, and they have dome-shaped shells and stubby feet with claws.
Which 2 things do you always confuse with one another? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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