Most Misunderstood Word Concepts

I have decided to make a list of common misunderstood words, things that people either think are interchangeable or just completely don't understand. I have made these definition purposefully as simple as possible and didn't go into to much detail, while hopefully not making an error, feel free to correct me if I had over simplified to the point that I screwed up the definitions

The Top Ten

1 Sex vs. Gender

My thoughts on the Sex/gender issue from a scientific stand point.
In biology when it is said that there are two sexes male and female it means in order for that species to procreate you need a male and a female. It does not talk anything about the concept of trans-gendered.
But some food for thought there are plenty of species of animals that we would categorize as having two sexes, where the species can change between those sexes and being able to do so is an evolutionary advantage, if your a male and the only other members of your species is all males being able to transition into a female and be able to bear young from it is an asset. Now would you call a species that can transition between the two sex a male or female, or would you call them something in-between the two and if the the later is the case would you at least think of that as a meta-sex
Now when it comes to humans as far as I know there is nothing within a person being transgender that I see as being ...more - germshep24

For those that complain about the gender issue being a new thing, think logically, we are living in a highly advanced time, we live in a time where knowledge is an arms length away and with that comes the ability to question much easier, with information just a google search away with a device that is always in your pocket when it isn't in your hand or desk or bed, this is something that was unthinkable in the 90s and a dream in the early 00s - germshep24

They initially had the same definition. However some liberal millennials who believed that there are more than 2 genders started manipulating with the definition which resulted in this. There are only 2 genders. - Joeljohns249

The conversation in the Western world started way back in the mid-1800, with the first gender confirmation surgery given way back in the 1950's, but you have to remember that Christianity/Catholicism has always had a strong influence on our government/ society, and religious leaders don't like the conversation of multiple gender because that would cause conflict with the Bible and that is a huge non no - germshep24

There are two sexes: male and female. You are born either male or female, biologically. But gender is a whole different thing.
You could be of female sex and of no gender. You could be of male sex and be gender-fluid, etc etc

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2 Troll vs. Cyberbully

Troll: just a person that is just trying to get a reaction doesn't usually have any stakes in the interaction beyond getting a reaction from someone
Cyberbully: a person that specifically is invested in causing you harm on the internet: they may stalk your avatar and send you threats, maybe try to blackmail you, dox you, etc, they will also create multiple accounts just to keep tormenting you even after you block them - germshep24

These are different. Only one is trying to cause harm. - Camaro6

I'm a troll... far from a cyber bully - Maddox121

Trolls are good.Well most of them are - DarkBoi-X

I would say they are neither good nor bad, sometimes they could be terrible sometimes they could be entertaining, they just are - germshep24

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3 Democracy vs. Republic

Democracy: a system where the people rule, the majority wins, everything is by population rule, minorities are screwed, funded by illegitimate taxes, fines, etc
Republic: where the people chose representative to represent them, rule is made by laws set in place for individuals, minorities can have a change if they can prove by a law set in place that their being mistreated, funded through legitimate taxes and fines - germshep24

4 Faith vs. Believe

Faith: something you think is true although there is absolutely no proof for it, usually involves religion

Belief: Something you understand to be true you can back up with proof but can't say is true with 100% certainty, because nothing is 100% - germshep24

When you look up faith in the dictionary, it says, strong belief based on spiritual conviction and a lack of proof.
No wonder the word is usually associated with religion. - PositronWildhawk

That is usually because the word faith usually pops up in scripture or in books of romance where two star crossed-lovers must be separated and believe that eventually they will be brought back together aka faith in love - germshep24

5 Cults vs. Religion

Cult: a group of people that try to control what you can think and say and want you to recruit others into the scheme
Religion: a group of people that believe a form of scripture, they can be cults depending on the religious group, but religion itself isn't - germshep24

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6 Movement vs. Supremacist

This is technically true except... there are some movements that pretends to be a social justice cause initially & when they are over-powered enough with support from the society, they slowly start increasing their demands & pushes their agenda on the society in such a way that the society will eventually misguidedly start accepting their views more & more coming towards the future.

3rd wave feminism, PETA, ANTIFA & certain members of the Black Lives Matter movement are examples of what I said. They initially claimed to be a movement for social justice but eventually started increasing their demands turning towards an alternate agenda. - Joeljohns249

Movement: a group of people coming to together to fight against a type of injustice: LGBTG groups fitting to get equal rights to heterosexual people, females trying to get equal rights to men etc.
Supremacist: a group of people that hide behind a cause with an alternative agenda: KKK wanted to bring equality to white people but actually just don't want to deal with or see none white people, Female supremacist hide behind the equal rights for women then push for a matriarchal society - germshep24

Who actually believes that a movement is the same thing as a supremacist or group of supremacists? - shiftaltkey

Wait.There's people who actually think that movement is the same as supremacist? - DarkBoi-X

Yes people think that feminism (or a feminist movement) is the same thing as people that want women to be the ones in power (female supremacist), the problem comes that a small sect of a particular movement will ruin everything for the movement.
The Civil Rights Movement was about African Americans getting equality to white people but with that movement came the Black Panthers that believed that violence was the only way to get said rights - germshep24

7 Evidence vs Proof

Evidence: is the case you can build for or against something, hopefully you can build up enough for it to be proof - germshep24

Wait, these aretwo different things?
*lols because I'm stupid.*

8 Hypothesis (Or in General Theory) vs. Scientific Theory

Hypothesis: a set of expectation that your trying to proof is true
Scientific Theory: An hypothesis that has been repeat multiple times and has gotten similar results, but is too complicated to become a law - germshep24

If the Theory of Evolution, for example, is true then why is it not a law already? It has been around for almost 200 years. - 2storm

Anybody who has taken a basic HS science class would know the difference. - shiftaltkey

Not true, it is something most should understand since it is taught to us multiple times, but a lot still don't grasp this - germshep24

9 Sociopath vs. Psychopath

The major difference comes with whether the person has a conscious or not. A psychopath with lie to you and steal your money and wont feel bad at all for it, they may pretend to feel bad a sociopath general still has some form of a conscious they may feel bad after they stole your wallet
Or whether that person knows right from wrong
Psychopaths are considered "cold-hearted" and sociopath are considered "hot-headed", a psychopath can act like a friend and manipulate you just to get what they want, while sociopaths don't really have the motivation to manipulate or act, they let you know they don't like you - germshep24

Psychopaths are born this way due to genetics while sociopaths are made through either, trauma, abuse, or severe brain injury in early childhood.

10 Dominatrix vs. Prostitute

Prostitute: a person who will have sex with you for money
Dominatrix: a person that will help you explore your fetishes for money, usually doesn't involve the actual act of sex - germshep24

Anyone who hires either of these people is cuckoo.
Also: "person you will have sex with you"-FAIL.

Not really, fetishes are hard to talk about in our society, it is extremely hard for a person to be able to rely to their boyfriend/girlfriend that for an example they like to where a diaper and have you pretend to be their mother, a safe place that you can do this without be judged doesn't make a person cuckoo.
It is a thriving business for a reason
Also thank you for pointing out my silly error, the problem with rushing - germshep24

The Contenders

11 Hypnosis vs. ASMR

Hypnosis: used to bring you deep relaxation so they can play some fun suggestibility games with your mind
ASMR: People whispering into the microphone and playing with different objects to make a noise that causes a tingling sensation in your body - germshep24

I don't even understand why ASMR became a thing. - Misfire

I don't think this was ever misunderstood. - shiftaltkey

12 Their vs. They're vs. There

Despite knowing the difference between the three, my brain always makes the innate mistake of using at least one of these in the wrong context. - shiftaltkey

We all have problems with it, not necessarily because it is confusing just that we rush through our sentences and who really wants to think about the difference between who and whom for example when you just want to make a comment - germshep24

There is a tree
They're burning down the tree
Their tree is on fire

There is a house. They're inside the house. Their house is on fire.

This irritates me so much when people mix it up.
THEIR means it belongs to them.
THEY'RE is short for "they are".
THERE refers to a place.
PROOFREAD, people.

13 Fetish vs. Kink

Kink: a broad term that encampasses any alternative sexual preference outside of the norm.
Fetish: A sexual fixation to a specific fetish or act necessary for a person's sexual gratification - germshep24

14 Gay vs. Homosexual

Gay: carefree or cheerful
Homosexual: one who is attracted to their own gender

15 Weeaboo vs Otaku

Weeaboo means someone who claims Japanese identity (and isn't actually Japanese), and an Otaku is an anime/manga fan. - BlackAngel_ZombieBoy

If people are going to add things can we at least add definitions as well, so it is educational - germshep24

A weeaboo is someone from the west who like japanese culture and otaku is a japanese person who likes computers? -lolastickyda

16 Parody vs. Ripoff

Look at how many people call Johnny Test or Teen Titans Go ripoffs. Guys, Johnny Test is a PARODY of Dexter's Lab and similar shows, whereas Teen Titans Go is a PARODY of the original show and comics. And no, just because you hate it doesn't make it a ripoff.

To be fair it is kind of hard to do a parody on a list site, seeing as a parody is something that pokes fun at a trend, whether that be a movie trend, parody on a book genre, or parody of an artist - germshep24

ESPECIALLY misunderstood on this website.

17 Hoe vs Thot

A hoe is a person who is sexually promiscuous, a THOT is just a person who acts promiscuous, regardless of their sexual activity. A hoe is by extension a THOT, but a THOT can be a THOT without being a hoe.
For example, a hoe/THOT will sleep with an entire baseball team, whereas a lone THOT would entertain the idea of doing it but not actually follow through. - TheEvilNuggetCookie2

I'm not even going to use these words. - Misfire

18 Demons vs. Angels

I think you meant demons vs fallen angels. - XxembermasterxX

Who tf misunderstands this? - OkayThen

I think the person that added it meant with what they look like, everyone gets the basic idea demons are bad that like to screw with people, angels are good that are there to fight for God, maybe I don't know - germshep24

19 Your vs. You're
20 Gnus vs. News

GNUS: Several antelope.
NEWS: Timely information.

I was trying to keep from using words that sound similar that people get confused like their, they're, and there, there are plenty of those and there is a list for that. - germshep24

21 Theory vs. Law

Law: something that tells us what happens, it us usually something extremely simple that it could be applied universally
Theory: something that explains how and why something happens it is usually much more complicate and as such will most likely never graduate to become a law no matter how much evidence there is for it - germshep24

Theory: Something people think is true.
Law: Something that is proven and has been tested. - 2storm

22 Spirit vs Soul

Spirit: a ghost, a unknown entity, or alcohol
Soul: a type of music or a the mental abilities of a living being - germshep24

No. Just no.

23 Bipolar vs. Dissociative Identity Disorder

People always say "bipolar" to express someone with two personnalities. Bipolar actually means (roughly) a person who has EXTREME mood swings for no apparent reason and may be either in a state of almost hyeractivity at some points (multiple projects, always excited, want to meet people, do stuff) and then be in a state of depression (no energy, sadness, nothing to do).

24 Schizophrenia vs. Dissociative Identity Disorder

Schizophrenia is a sort of paranoia, and does not mean someone with multiple personalities. I was really surprised to discover that.

Almost nobody knows the differenc.

25 Which vs Witch

I get this confused all the damn time

That's only misunderstood if you're an imbicile or don't speak English. - shiftaltkey

26 Porn vs. Sex

Really just porn in general is confusing to people, but I don't think anyone doesn't understand the difference between porn and sex, outside of thinking what they see in porn is actually how your supposed to have sex, which can cause problems - germshep24

Sex: Good
Porn: Bad
There I just described those two phrases in a nutshell. - XxembermasterxX

Let's use it in a sentence
Did you see Spider-man into the Spider-verse it was really sex?

Captain Marvel is getting really porn publicity - germshep24

27 Principal vs Principle

A very confusing duo of words
If your talking principal of a school it is easy because their your pal, but what is annoying is when talking about principles.
the principal of principles all comes down to how your using it, like in this sentence you'll noticed both words are used one was used as a descriptor and the other was the actual thing - germshep24

28 Spinoff vs Ripoff

For some reason people get these confused so I added it. - myusernameisthis

29 Sin vs Bad

Sin: Something that a piece of scripture thinks is bad
Bad: something that is harmful to another person or people - germshep24

30 Night vs Knight
31 Racist vs Stereotypical
32 Sexual Harassment vs Rape
33 Furry vs. Anthro
34 Overrated vs Bad
35 Sadist vs Sadistic
36 Drank vs Drunk
37 Bisexual vs Pansexual
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1. Cults vs. Religion
2. Democracy vs. Republic
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