Oh! I Always Get Those Two Mixed Up!

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are there any pairs of words or names that you always confuse with one another?

New Mark H (New MarkH), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:25 (twelve years ago) link

I always confuse

Caravaggio - sixteenth century Italian painter

with

Carluccio - an Italian café an deli chain (the interior of the Oxford one was designed by my cousin)

New Mark H (New MarkH), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:27 (twelve years ago) link

Arpeggio (sequence of notes)

Archipeligo (sequence of islands)

I always try to combine them.

Shoes and Shoegazeability (kate), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:29 (twelve years ago) link

Barry Andrews - KBd man w/ XTC
Barry Adamson - wrote pseudo soundtracks for so long, they asked him to do it for real.

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:29 (twelve years ago) link

The names Emma and Claire

The MS Excel icon and the MS Outlook icon

The order of the alphabet between H and M

=== temporary username === (Mark C), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:30 (twelve years ago) link

My very elderly grandmother used to confuse "pelmet" and "pelvis", causing hilarity in the curtain shop.

C J (C J), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:30 (twelve years ago) link

don't think I mix anything up

RJG (RJG), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:31 (twelve years ago) link

kept calling psychiatrists psychologists

vita susicivus (blueski), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:32 (twelve years ago) link

The and Teh

Tom D. (Dada), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:33 (twelve years ago) link

kept calling psychiatrists psychologists
-- vita susicivus (n...), January 19th, 2007.

i just say "psychoanalysts-psychiatrists-phychologists" cos i never know what i mean.

the original hauntology blogging crew (Enrique), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:35 (twelve years ago) link

Shrinks covers it

Tom D. (Dada), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:35 (twelve years ago) link

Oh, that's easy for me. There's the one-that-gives-me-pills (psychiatrist) and the one that just talks-a-lot-of-bollocks (psychologist) - but if you've never had either, I can understand the confusion.

Shoes and Shoegazeability (kate), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:36 (twelve years ago) link

Juoda and syödä! They mean TO DRINK and TO EAT in Finnish but I always get them confused and thus told my teacher that I drink a lot of meat. This is the sort of thing we learn in class. Hmm.

In English I confuse Brighton and Bristol more than I should.

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Lucretia My Reflection), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:36 (twelve years ago) link

Paediatrics and the feet one... or is paediatrics the feet one?

Tom D. (Dada), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:37 (twelve years ago) link

paediatrics is the kiddly-fiddlers.

the original hauntology blogging crew (Enrique), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:39 (twelve years ago) link

And paedophiles are foot fetishists, right I get it

Tom D. (Dada), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:39 (twelve years ago) link

i thought they were psychopaths?

vita susicivus (blueski), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:40 (twelve years ago) link

psychopathologist: studies diseases, so he can give them to you

vita susicivus (blueski), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:41 (twelve years ago) link

That's areas set aside for the riding of bicycles (xp)

Tom D. (Dada), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:41 (twelve years ago) link

John Updike }{ John Irving

Euai Kapaui (tracerhand), Friday, 19 January 2007 11:59 (twelve years ago) link

I did describe someone as behaving as though they were suffering from Stockhausen Syndrome.

Anna (Anna), Friday, 19 January 2007 12:00 (twelve years ago) link

Ha ha, that's great

Tom D. (Dada), Friday, 19 January 2007 12:01 (twelve years ago) link

arse
elbow

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Friday, 19 January 2007 12:06 (twelve years ago) link

ethics/morals

the original hauntology blogging crew (Enrique), Friday, 19 January 2007 12:11 (twelve years ago) link

the numbers 4 and 7 in sequences of numbers, for instance a padlock or a memorable date.

wogan lenin (dog latin), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:01 (twelve years ago) link

ILX
work

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:03 (twelve years ago) link

when i was a kid:
bagels-donuts
muffins-cupcakes

but even more recently
jar-bottle

AaronK (AaronK), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:04 (twelve years ago) link

Swamp Thing

Man Thing

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:15 (twelve years ago) link

Shetty

Poppadom

Tom D. (Dada), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:18 (twelve years ago) link

Shilpa Shetty
Talitha Getty

Shoes and Shoegazeability (kate), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:20 (twelve years ago) link

Bills Paxton and Pullman
Until recently: Cormac McCarthy and Carson McCullers
Red and green, apparently

g00blar (gooblar), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:26 (twelve years ago) link

Will Ferrell
Colin Ferrell
Colin Firth

...are all the same person, as far as I'm concerned.

Also Jeremy Paxman and Jeremy Clarkson, as discussed before.

Shoes and Shoegazeability (kate), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:30 (twelve years ago) link

Bills Paxton and Pullman

OTM

Tom D. (Dada), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:30 (twelve years ago) link

YES.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:33 (twelve years ago) link

me too.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:40 (twelve years ago) link

Oh and also!

(and this is distressing, because I love MLP)

Mary Louise Parker and Mary Stuart Masterson

I blame Fried Green Tomatoes.

g00blar (gooblar), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:45 (twelve years ago) link

Swamp Thing
Man Thing

This is the only pair in the list that I confuse too.

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:59 (twelve years ago) link

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers / Jonathan Rhys-Davies

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Friday, 19 January 2007 14:01 (twelve years ago) link

paxton/pullman is SO true!

the original hauntology blogging crew (Enrique), Friday, 19 January 2007 14:03 (twelve years ago) link

Jonathans Lethem and Franzen, although as so much now that I've actually read some Lethem.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Friday, 19 January 2007 14:04 (twelve years ago) link

I sometimes get the Dimbleby brothers mixed up.

The Attenboroughs as well, come to think of it.

But never the McWhirters, despite them being twins.

onimo (onimo), Friday, 19 January 2007 14:04 (twelve years ago) link

having a final exam in a course i've been blowing off all term and don't even know the location of : dreaming

mookieproof (mookieproof), Friday, 19 January 2007 14:09 (twelve years ago) link

Oh, I've got one of my own now: Ted Nugent & Todd Rundgren. I had to google to check that the guy who's a racist is not the same person as the guy who had a feud with the Lennons, and in the time it took me to write this I have already forgotten which is which.

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Friday, 19 January 2007 14:11 (twelve years ago) link

Mel Gibson, Mel Brooks

wogan lenin (dog latin), Friday, 19 January 2007 14:32 (twelve years ago) link

the correct spelling & the incorrect spelling

Fleischhutliebe! like a warm, furry meatloaf (Fluffy Bear Hearts Rainbows), Friday, 19 January 2007 14:41 (twelve years ago) link

For years thought Jerry Lewis and Jerry Lee Lewis were the same person, and I still don't know which is which.

chap (chap), Friday, 19 January 2007 15:07 (twelve years ago) link

well done

RJG (RJG), Friday, 19 January 2007 15:10 (twelve years ago) link

Uh, thanks?

chap (chap), Friday, 19 January 2007 15:11 (twelve years ago) link

Not in terms of what/who they are, but when attempting to speak:

Wittgenstein/Wittenberg
Flann O'Brien/Flannery O'Connor

And more that I've forgotten...

emil.y (emil.y), Friday, 19 January 2007 15:45 (twelve years ago) link

Likewise:

Samuel Taylor Coleridge/Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

NickB (NickB), Friday, 19 January 2007 15:49 (twelve years ago) link

James Atlas/James Wolcott
(And I see that one blurbed the other's recent book so...)

Ask Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 14 July 2019 04:39 (one month ago) link

Charles Atlas (filmmaker) / Charles Atlas (Archie Comics bodybuilder standby entrepreneur)

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 14 July 2019 05:47 (one month ago) link

Funny that when I google “atlas filmmaker gay” I get The Wachowskis

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 14 July 2019 05:48 (one month ago) link

The Rooney Maras are the union of two Baseball clans - the Rooneys founded the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Maras founded the New York Giants!

Andrew Farrell, Sunday, 14 July 2019 10:01 (one month ago) link

I always get this thread mixed up with this one:

Artists with similar names that you get mixed up

van dyke parks generator (anagram), Sunday, 14 July 2019 10:33 (one month ago) link

Great one.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Sunday, 14 July 2019 10:58 (one month ago) link

Jed Mercurio / Jez Butterworth

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 July 2019 12:43 (one month ago) link

Up the Academy
Up the Creek

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Monday, 22 July 2019 20:37 (one month ago) link

Lee Arthur Smith (possibly should not be in the baseball HOF)
Arthur Leigh Allen (possibly the Zodiac killer)

clemenza, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:33 (four weeks ago) link

Starship Troopers
Space Cowboys

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 18:33 (four weeks ago) link

Max Faget/Max Factor

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 27 July 2019 12:29 (three weeks ago) link

The Amazing Rhythm Aces
The Atlanta Rhythm Section

Both of whom turned out to be shitty soft/country rock, to my disappointment.

crumhorn invasion (Matt #2), Saturday, 27 July 2019 13:16 (three weeks ago) link

Good one. They were slightly later and British, but I'd almost throw Ace in there.

clemenza, Saturday, 27 July 2019 13:44 (three weeks ago) link

I'd also add
Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 27 July 2019 13:46 (three weeks ago) link

Oh! I Always Get Those Three Mixed Up!

Dominic Grieve
Dominic Cummings
Dominic Raab

crumhorn invasion (Matt #2), Monday, 29 July 2019 23:25 (three weeks ago) link

I witnessed my wife confusing the latter two earlier!

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 01:58 (three weeks ago) link

Dominic Raab
Broccoli Rabe
Boston Rob

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 05:55 (three weeks ago) link

Eric Newby / Eric Ambler; maybe because Newby was an ambler.

fetter, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 10:15 (three weeks ago) link

Dominic Grieve / Dominic Cummings / Dominic Raab

For me I think it is

category: Tory MPs who might be not completely evil or insane (obv still a little as Tories)
Dominic Grieve / Nick Boles / maybe Philip Lee a bit now Boles is no longer a Tory
(while Googling, surprised to learn Lee is younger than Boles, which I would not have guessed - sorry Dr Lee)

category: dangerous unelected mendacious loons
Dominic Cummings / Daniel Hannan

category: please let me never hear about these terrible embarrassing people again
Dominic Raab / Gavin Williamson

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 10:31 (three weeks ago) link

Hannan is elected btw.

Arthur Lowe & Love (Tom D.), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 11:16 (three weeks ago) link

Oops, you're quite right - and in the region I vote in too.

Well then.

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 11:24 (three weeks ago) link

I shall try and remember them like this:
Grieve - grim
Cummings - cunt
Raab - r*pist (probably)

crumhorn invasion (Matt #2), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 12:11 (three weeks ago) link

Parry Sound
Perry Stern

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 16:09 (three weeks ago) link

John Schlesinger
John Frankenheimer

― WmC, Friday, September 7, 2018 12:52 PM (ten months ago) bookmarkflaglink

Variant on this:
John Frankenheimer
John Boorman

crumhorn invasion (Matt #2), Friday, 2 August 2019 09:57 (two weeks ago) link

Stephen Dubner
Steven Pinker (whom I kept remembering as Pinkner)

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Friday, 2 August 2019 20:38 (two weeks ago) link

Paul Rudd/Paul Simms

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 August 2019 15:07 (two weeks ago) link

(That one has really been persistent)

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 August 2019 15:07 (two weeks ago) link

Not to be confused with

Phil Rudd
Phil Simms

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 4 August 2019 15:10 (two weeks ago) link

Correct

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 August 2019 15:31 (two weeks ago) link

Anna Kavan/Ann Quin

This is maybe linked to my confusion about literary Annes upthread, plus one write ice and the other wrote berg, and I’ve read neither

YouGov to see it (wins), Monday, 5 August 2019 08:19 (two weeks ago) link

Anna Paquin
Anna Chlumsky

Madchen, Monday, 5 August 2019 09:57 (two weeks ago) link

ONUKA / ODESZA.

Bob Lefsetz has seen the future of music and it’s a Ukrainian EDM act? Oh, wait...

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 16:14 (two weeks ago) link

Hailee Steinfeld
Shailene Woodley

Maura Tierney
Moira Kelly

Rumspringsteen (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 9 August 2019 02:39 (one week ago) link

I've spent 3 years or so thinking that the white-nationalist podcaster and youtuber Stefan Molyneux had created the computer game Populous, but found out today that it was Peter Molyneux (I think I was getting Stefan Molyneux mixed up with Scott Adams here as well, as in the trajectory from creating innocuous thing I liked as a kid in the 90s to reappearing circa 2016 as an insane advocate for crypto-fascism)

soref, Sunday, 11 August 2019 16:51 (one week ago) link

Marina Warner
Marina Wheeler

Luna Schlosser, Sunday, 11 August 2019 17:44 (one week ago) link

Just realized this one, UK electronic producers:

Rusko
Roska

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 16 August 2019 17:19 (six days ago) link

I mean, c'mon

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 16 August 2019 17:21 (six days ago) link

Rustie doesn't help either

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 16 August 2019 17:28 (six days ago) link

Kim Stanley
Kim Hunter

Euripedes' Trousers (Tom D.), Friday, 16 August 2019 17:31 (six days ago) link

80s Meryl Streep film Silkwood
80s Meryl Streep film Ironweed

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 07:45 (two days ago) link

i never got those muddled but i do now want to find out ironweed is silkwood's secret sequel

mark s, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 10:46 (two days ago) link

That Ironweed Trilogy was hella hyped back in the day, with prominent pull quote from none other than Saul Bellow.

TS: “8:05” vs. “905” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 10:52 (two days ago) link

See also:

Jane Fonda film Comes a Horseman (1978)
Jane Fonda film Electric Horseman (1979)

Josefa, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 13:19 (two days ago) link

Anna Paquin
Anna Chlumsky

Wow I think I just scrompfed both actors into a single entity, along with Kristen Johnston

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 13:46 (two days ago) link

Speaking of which, I did this the other day:

3rd Rock From The Sun
30 Rock

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 13:46 (two days ago) link

That Ironweed Trilogy was hella hyped back in the day, with prominent pull quote from none other than Saul Bellow.

Think it was more often referred to as The Albany Trilogy.

TS: “8:05” vs. “905” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 23:35 (two days ago) link

Frances O'Grady
Frances Ryan

Boulez, vous couchez avec moi? (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 August 2019 07:21 (nine hours ago) link

Recent Woodstock anniversary articles have reminded me that I have never properly mentally separated Ritchie Valens and Richie Havens.

fetter, Thursday, 22 August 2019 08:09 (eight hours ago) link

Both famous for their covers!

pplains, Thursday, 22 August 2019 13:17 (three hours ago) link

Speaking of which, I did this the other day:

3rd Rock From The Sun
30 Rock

― flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, August 20, 2019 1:46 PM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

I will never not think of 3rd Rock when 30 Rock is brought up.

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:01 (two hours ago) link


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