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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) link

don't think I mix anything up

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

kept calling psychiatrists psychologists

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

The and Teh

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

Shrinks covers it

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

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

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

paediatrics is the kiddly-fiddlers.

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

And paedophiles are foot fetishists, right I get it

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

i thought they were psychopaths?

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

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

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

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

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

John Updike }{ John Irving

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

Ha ha, that's great

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

arse
elbow

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

ethics/morals

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

ILX
work

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

Swamp Thing

Man Thing

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

Shetty

Poppadom

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

Shilpa Shetty
Talitha Getty

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

Bills Paxton and Pullman

OTM

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

YES.

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

me too.

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

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers / Jonathan Rhys-Davies

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

paxton/pullman is SO true!

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

Mel Gibson, Mel Brooks

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

well done

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

Uh, thanks?

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

Likewise:

Samuel Taylor Coleridge/Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

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

Bud Spencer and Paul L. Smith

the secret of sucess is to know all rules ...and brake them (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 26 August 2020 13:07 (one month ago) link

Alan Warner
Alan Garner
Alasdair Gray

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 26 August 2020 13:40 (one month ago) link

Jo Jorgensen
Jóhann Jóhannsson

MarkoP, Wednesday, 26 August 2020 20:23 (one month ago) link

The Long Kiss Goodnight
The Long Goodbye
The Long Good Friday

closed beta (NotEnough), Thursday, 27 August 2020 20:26 (one month ago) link

no long day's journey into night?

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 27 August 2020 20:27 (one month ago) link

Lush
Luna

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 27 August 2020 20:39 (one month ago) link

Eugene Mirman
Patton Oswalt

uncle samsung (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 28 August 2020 18:17 (one month ago) link

The M4
The M40

I really hate that bit of the M25, I can never remember which is which

\\\\\\\\0||||0//////// (Matt #2), Friday, 28 August 2020 20:57 (one month ago) link

One of the best things my old man's family do (they're sarf London, to the core) is drop the 'M' or 'A' from any discussion of car journeys (B roads don't get a mention). 'Yeah, yeah, well, I had to come up the free, join the twenny five and straight onto the facking fore - always get mixed up between that and the facking forety'.
I could listen all day.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 28 August 2020 21:05 (one month ago) link

I also confuse the M40 and M4, related to this last month I dropped my wife off in Basingstoke, which I thought somehow was "on the way" from Cambridge to Stratford-upon-Avon, an overdue look at a map afterwards revealed the three places form an equilateral triangle.

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 28 August 2020 21:07 (one month ago) link

Beware the Basingrad Triangle.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 28 August 2020 21:12 (one month ago) link

Glynis Johns / Glyn Johns

...is messing with my head rn

uncle samsung (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 31 August 2020 02:02 (one month ago) link

Ed Davey / Ed Vaizey

fetter, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 11:15 (one month ago) link

Alma Colgan
Ruby Murray

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 13:23 (one month ago) link

Big Little Lies
Pretty Little Liars

trishyb, Thursday, 3 September 2020 16:36 (one month ago) link

^

Add to that Dirty Sexy Money and Little Fires Everywhere

tater totalitarian (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 3 September 2020 17:03 (one month ago) link

Normal People
Ordinary People

Madchen, Thursday, 3 September 2020 17:22 (one month ago) link

Marc Bolan
Tommy Bolin

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 4 September 2020 18:43 (one month ago) link

Alma Colgan
Ruby Murray

no-one goes out for an alma

fetter, Friday, 4 September 2020 19:40 (one month ago) link

Which one did the "dreamboat" song though? which one was on panel shows in the mid 60s and chummy with the beatles? which one died tragically early from cancer? I can find out these things, I cannot retain them.

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 4 September 2020 19:46 (one month ago) link

I can identify them in the context of their respective work but if they were part of a lineup I'm not sure I could tell the difference between Russell Hitchcock and Leo Sayer and John Panozzo and Ron Palillo and Richard Simmons and Slim Goodbody.

Don't be such an idot. (Old Lunch), Thursday, 10 September 2020 19:49 (one month ago) link

(Their '70s/'80s iterations, obvs.)

Don't be such an idot. (Old Lunch), Thursday, 10 September 2020 19:51 (one month ago) link

galt macdermot
mort garson

budo jeru, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 22:13 (one month ago) link

Aldi
Lidl

velcro-magnon (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 22:29 (one month ago) link

Hans Sloane
John Soane

fetter, Thursday, 17 September 2020 07:55 (one month ago) link

Aldi
Lidl

Oh man. This is one that's so ingrained in me, I didn't even realize I was mixing the two up.

pplains, Thursday, 17 September 2020 13:27 (one month ago) link

Yeah they are both new to my area and I haven't been to either one.

I vaguely know that one of them has hilariously on-point mimic packaging for its store-brand knockoffs. Like Mr. Pepper soda and Ireo cookies and Kepler Gnome cookies - I just can never remember which one that is.

velcro-magnon (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 17 September 2020 14:16 (one month ago) link

Aldi used to sell biscuits called Disco Biscuits, but they have sadly been renamed.

Madchen, Thursday, 17 September 2020 14:43 (one month ago) link

They have been renamed Groovy Biscuits.
https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/bogof/aldi-down-on-disco-biscuits/230835.article

Madchen, Thursday, 17 September 2020 14:44 (one month ago) link

Karen Allen
Karen Black

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 17 September 2020 19:42 (one month ago) link

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williamson

Madchen, Thursday, 17 September 2020 19:46 (one month ago) link

Karen Allen
Karen Black

That has never been done before? Also please add
Nancy Allen
if needed

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 17 September 2020 20:01 (one month ago) link

kimchi
kombucha
chimichurri

brain (krakow), Friday, 18 September 2020 09:17 (one month ago) link

did anyone say chuchichäschtli?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 18 September 2020 09:34 (one month ago) link

The Dream Academy
The Dream Syndicate

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 18 September 2020 23:32 (one month ago) link

Jazz critic Stanley Crouch
Jazz pianist Stanley Cowell

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 24 September 2020 02:49 (four weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

Sanjaya, from American Idol
Zandaya, from Dancing with the Stars

wasdnous (abanana), Monday, 12 October 2020 01:35 (one week ago) link

her name is Z*e*ndaya, if it helps

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 12 October 2020 02:12 (one week ago) link

Jan & Dean and Chad & Jeremy

OrificeMax (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 19:36 (one week ago) link

Chad & Jeremy
Peter & Gordon ("A World Without Love")

nickn, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 19:42 (one week ago) link

^ this led me to ask myself, "did jan & dean ever make a psychedelic record?" sort of:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_of_Sound

xp

budo jeru, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 19:47 (one week ago) link

The other day a friend mentioned Stevie Ray Vaughan in a context that really confused me until I realized I was actually thinking of Steve Vai.

Deflatormouse, Thursday, 15 October 2020 07:30 (one week ago) link

Also The Jesus Lizard and Half Japanese, apparently.

Deflatormouse, Thursday, 15 October 2020 07:32 (one week ago) link

Uh. Yngwie Malmsteen and Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

Deflatormouse, Thursday, 15 October 2020 07:41 (one week ago) link

Yeah I think I've been making the Stevie Ray Vaughn / Steve Vai mistake in my head for a long time

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Thursday, 15 October 2020 07:43 (one week ago) link

This is a wild one to me, but I was immersed in the world of guitar heroics as a youth.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Thursday, 15 October 2020 14:58 (one week ago) link

greta gerwig
greta thunberg

closed beta (NotEnough), Thursday, 22 October 2020 09:54 (yesterday) link

Adam Mars-Jones
Andrew O'Hagan

fetter, Thursday, 22 October 2020 10:58 (yesterday) link

Jan And Dean and Ben And Jerry. Obviously I know the difference but subconsciously they're the same , the association goes:

Jan and Dean -> Pearl and Dean -> going to "the cinemas" as a kid -> buying icecream in tubs -> Ben and Jerry

thomasintrouble, Thursday, 22 October 2020 12:46 (yesterday) link


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