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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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

don't think I mix anything up

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

kept calling psychiatrists psychologists

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

The and Teh

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

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) Permalink

Shrinks covers it

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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

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

paediatrics is the kiddly-fiddlers.

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

And paedophiles are foot fetishists, right I get it

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

i thought they were psychopaths?

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

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

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

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

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

John Updike }{ John Irving

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

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) Permalink

Ha ha, that's great

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

arse
elbow

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

ethics/morals

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

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) Permalink

ILX
work

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

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) Permalink

Swamp Thing

Man Thing

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

Shetty

Poppadom

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

Shilpa Shetty
Talitha Getty

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

Bills Paxton and Pullman

OTM

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

YES.

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

me too.

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers / Jonathan Rhys-Davies

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

paxton/pullman is SO true!

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

Mel Gibson, Mel Brooks

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

well done

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

Uh, thanks?

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

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) Permalink

Likewise:

Samuel Taylor Coleridge/Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

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

Levon Vincent/Leon Vynehall

brimstead, Monday, 22 April 2019 00:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Chuba Akpom / Chuks Aneke. Both trainee Arsenal strikers, both hung around the fringes of the first team squad a few years ago before being eased out the door into a career of lower-league mediocrity.

Zeuhl Idol (Matt #2), Monday, 22 April 2019 12:04 (two months ago) Permalink

thought this was Paul Sorvino

http://img4.bdbphotos.com/images/700x350/0/f/0fio4br4rpfabar0.jpg?skj2io4l

Olmütz human (brownie), Monday, 22 April 2019 14:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Magic Mike / Killer Mike

fetter, Tuesday, 23 April 2019 08:47 (two months ago) Permalink

antibes
antilles

mark s, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:54 (two months ago) Permalink

The eclectic multi-instrumentalist sideman with the ridiculous hair and sideburns who plays live with Jackson Browne is named David Lindley.

The eclectic multi-instrumentalist sideman with the ridiculous hair and sideburns who plays live with Paul Simon is named Mark Stewart.

For a while I thought there was only one eclectic multi-instrumentalist sideman with ridiculous hair and sideburns who plays live with various well-known folk-rock singer-songwriters from bygone eras.

Turns out there are at least two.

moist owlette (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Poland
Hungary

naus, Sunday, 5 May 2019 05:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Huh?

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Sunday, 5 May 2019 08:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Chalk and cheese them two, you find any Ottoman influences in Poland i don't think.

calzino, Sunday, 5 May 2019 08:22 (one month ago) Permalink

although both countries seem to have serious holocaust revisionism issues.

calzino, Sunday, 5 May 2019 08:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Romania / Bulgaria while we're confessing geographical blindspots

Andrew Farrell, Sunday, 5 May 2019 08:33 (one month ago) Permalink

I was going to say they don't have very much in common at all - language, culture, religion (Hungary is largely Catholic but nowhere to same extent as Poland) - but hush my mouth:

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

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Sunday, 5 May 2019 08:38 (one month ago) Permalink

what i found amazing was how massive the Polish/Lithuanian commonwealth was at the peak of it's power. it was a huge territory.

calzino, Sunday, 5 May 2019 08:44 (one month ago) Permalink

And famously religious tolerant.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Sunday, 5 May 2019 08:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Religiously tolerant, thiat is. No worries though, the Catholic Church put a stop to that eventually.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Sunday, 5 May 2019 08:49 (one month ago) Permalink

cant be having people experimenting with soft power/secular tolerance when going on genocidal rampages is obv what jesus would have done.

calzino, Sunday, 5 May 2019 08:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Kid went to a birthday party a few weeks ago, and I wound up hanging out with the dad of the house for a couple of hours.

It wasn't until a half hour into the conversation that he told me No, he wasn't from Turkey, he was from Turkmenistan. I thought he gave me a funny look when I asked how far away his village was from Istanbul.

A little while later, he was telling me how the government is corrupt and is basically ruled like a dictatorship. I said, Ha yeah, reminds me of Uzbekistan where no one's allowed to drive a black car.

And he kinda goes Heh, no, um, that's in my country, Turkmenistan.

So I guess in my mind, Turkey and Uzbekistan are the same country, home to the Portal to Hell.

pplains, Sunday, 5 May 2019 15:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Romania / Bulgaria while we're confessing geographical blindspots

Heh, I was only familiar with the classic Budapest/Bucharest conflation, but I suppose this one should be expected as well. We both joined the EU in 2007, so that might be why.

pomenitul, Sunday, 5 May 2019 15:40 (one month ago) Permalink

I was going to post a ho-ho comment about confusing Moldova and Romania but, actually, I sometimes have to think twice about Moldova and Belarus.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Sunday, 5 May 2019 15:54 (one month ago) Permalink

That's kind of fair, though, since Moldova is also the name of a region in Romania. Not to mention the Republic of Moldova is basically a Russian colony.

pomenitul, Sunday, 5 May 2019 15:57 (one month ago) Permalink

In Romania you'll commonly see graffitis that say 'Bessarabia is Romania', Bessarabia being the name of the Republic of Moldova (minus Transnistria) prior to its indirect annexation by the USSR.

pomenitul, Sunday, 5 May 2019 15:59 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm aware that Moldova basically is Romanian and is nowhere near Belarus but, yes, ex-Soviet republics which are still bit too Soviet for comfort.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Sunday, 5 May 2019 16:01 (one month ago) Permalink

It's not an unfair comparison! All that's missing in the Republic of Moldova is a Lukashenko-style dictatorial figure.

pomenitul, Sunday, 5 May 2019 16:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Call of Duty
Line of Duty

Jeff W, Monday, 6 May 2019 13:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Game of Thrones
House of Cards
House of Games

fetter, Monday, 6 May 2019 14:29 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Naomi Klein and Naomi Wolf

― Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, September 19, 2007 3:39 PM (eleven years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^^^

mark s, Friday, 24 May 2019 09:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh yes.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Friday, 24 May 2019 09:24 (one month ago) Permalink

yep

daenerys baker (darraghmac), Friday, 24 May 2019 09:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah :/

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 24 May 2019 10:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Thus one's ridiculous but still...

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

I know which is which but I keep forgetting @AOC's family name and calling her Oxlade-Chamberlain

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Alexandria in NYC

pplains, Thursday, 30 May 2019 02:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Betsy Woodruff and Natasha Bertrand

Young reporters and recurring panelists on CNN or MSNBC RussiaGate shows. One writes for the Daily Beast, the other for the New Yorker, I think? Both are brunette and pretty cute, but I think it's Betsy who has kind of a crooked Brian Williams jaw I can't stop staring at.

punning display, Thursday, 30 May 2019 12:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(I'm sure I've done this before but) Patrick Hamilton / Patrick White

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Thursday, 30 May 2019 12:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

^good one

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 30 May 2019 12:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Peter O'Toole
Peter Steele

☮ (peace, man), Monday, 3 June 2019 16:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yahoo serious
yakov smirnoff

mark s, Monday, 3 June 2019 19:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

granulated sugar
confectioners sugar

I'll read a recipe that calls for granulated, and I'll think "not regular sugar" and reach for confectioners. Fuckers should stick to calling them either "sugar" or "powdered sugar".

punning display, Monday, 3 June 2019 19:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Peter Barkworth / Tony Britton (appearance)
Peter Barkworth / Peter Butterworth (name)

John Harris is a Guardian columnist (Tom D.), Monday, 10 June 2019 09:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Kevin Coyne
Kevin Ayers

Zeuhl Idol (Matt #2), Monday, 10 June 2019 09:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Kevin Coyne even ended up inheriting Kevin Ayers' backing band, at one point.

John Harris is a Guardian columnist (Tom D.), Monday, 10 June 2019 09:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Edmund Wilson
Edmund White

also

Angus Wilson
A. N. Wilson

fetter, Monday, 10 June 2019 12:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

last week's commemorations reminded me that for a long time the following was true:

Dunkirk
Normandy

(BBC2 unhelpfully showed Dunkirk on 6th June this year as well)

koogs, Monday, 10 June 2019 12:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^So fortunate the Allies didn't have that same confusion. "Now remind me again. We're supposed to take as many as we can back to England, or establish a beachhead? Dunno why I can't keep that bit straight."

punning display, Monday, 10 June 2019 13:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

See, I've always been the guy who goes "Omaha Beach? I thought they landed at Normandy?"

pplains, Monday, 10 June 2019 13:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

4Hero
Four Tet

i mean lol ok i am old

mark s, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 13:54 (one week ago) Permalink

4Hero
2 Bad Mice

☮ (peace, man), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 13:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Sylvia Miles
Sara Miles
Vera Miles

punning display, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 22:03 (one week ago) Permalink

(Sarah)

punning display, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 22:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Arthur Ransome
Arthur Rackham

John Harris is a Guardian columnist (Tom D.), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 22:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Arthur Rackham
Alan Rickman

punning display, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 22:39 (one week ago) Permalink


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