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Can you tell the difference between these commonly confused words?

By 30 April 2019Language Tips

Some English words have multiple meanings which, while confusing, can also be quite funny. It’s important to understand the difference between commonly confused words.

Let’s look at an example below.

Stool, not stool

Take the word ‘stool’.

While healthcare professionals know this can also mean faeces, in a non-medical situation, a stool is a kind of seat, often low to the ground without a back.

Can you see the problem here?

Getting the word wrong or using a word with a multiple-meaning in the incorrect context can have funny or unfortunate consequences.

Take the multiple-meaning challenge

Can you complete these sentences with words common to the medical profession but used here in non-medical contexts?

Use these words to choose from: calf, patient, rash, tender.

  1. It’s hard to be _______ when you are waiting for an important phone call.
  2. My company is starting a _______ process to find a new partner to increase our social media presence.
  3. A ______ is the name for a young cow.
  4. You need to think more before you act, that was a really ______ decision which I think you will regret.

Can you choose one of the words and use it to write a medical sentence in the comments below?

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