English can be a tricky language. There are lots and lots of words, some of which sound like they could mean the same thing.
According to the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, there are more than a million totals words in the English language and the average person knows 20,000 to 35,000 of them.
So yes, that little brain of yours is bound to mix a few of them up from time to time.
On Twitter, journalist Dayna McAlpine started a trend of people admitting to words they confused with another and the results are pretty embarrassing. And we’re not talking about confusing the word “affect” with “effect,” more like people confusing the term “narcolepsy” with “necrophilia.”
Can you relate to any of these similar-sounding words that don’t mean what people think they mean?