Posts by Lauren Levy

  1. “Definitely” vs. “Definitively”: Be Certain You Know The Difference

    You’ve received the award of a lifetime, and you’ve been asked to attend a fancy presentation dinner. You want to convey your interest in the event and are ready to respond, “Yes, I’ll definitely be there!” But wait … should you say you’re planning to definitively be there? Which is it? Definitely or definitively? Before you move on to picking out your entree and getting all dressed …

  2. “Turtle” vs. “Tortoise”: What’s The Difference?

    Those who attended the University of Maryland or are familiar with this institution know to “fear the turtle.” Thanks to their trusty mascot, Testudo, this slogan is a favorite of students and fans. But is Testudo the terrapin actually a turtle or a tortoise? And is there even a difference between them? Let’s take a closer look. What is a turtle? Turtles and tortoises are …

  3. “Frosting” vs. “Icing”: Are They Synonyms (Or Just Taste Like They Are)?

    It’s the great wedding cake debate: fondant or no fondant? Although some love both the sleek style and firm texture of this thick, sugary topping, others can’t stand it and prefer traditional buttercream, chocolate ganache, or maybe cream cheese. But when it comes to topping an oh-so-perfect cake, there’s another basic question to keep in mind: frosting or icing? And what’s the difference between these two …

  4. “Stove” vs. “Oven” vs. “Range”: Are They Synonyms?

    For many people, the heart of the home is the kitchen. And for house hunters who love to cook, the center of their new potential kitchen is the stove. However, whether they’re planning on baking or sautéing, is it the oven or range that they are inspecting? Or is it the stove? Let’s take a look at oven, stove, and range to see if they are …

  5. “College” vs. “University”: Are They Synonyms?

    It doesn’t matter if you have a high school diploma or more advanced degree, there’s one thing related to education that may confuse you: the difference between college and university. Is the only thing that distinguishes them in name only? Or do colleges and universities offer distinct educations or philosophies? Let’s take a closer look to see if these nouns are actually synonyms or just commonly …

  6. “Crow” vs. “Raven”: Do You Know The Difference?

    When the leaves change and we head into fall, you’ll notice some common pieces of autumnal decor that pop up across houses: pumpkins, bales of hay, and scarecrows to keep away ominous black birds. But are these ravens or crows that we’re traditionally guarding against? Or are those just two names for the same type of bird? Let’s take a closer look. What is a …

  7. “Indica” vs. “Sativa”: There Is A Difference

    Marijuana dispensaries offer customers and patients a variety of options for either medical or recreational use. These decisions can be overwhelming for someone who’s not familiar with the industry lingo. One decision a consumer might have to make is what strain (“a group of plants distinguished from other plants of the variety to which it belongs by some intrinsic quality”) of cannabis to purchase. Although there …

  8. “Alligator” vs. “Crocodile”: Do You Know The Difference?

    While enjoying a dip in the ocean, there’s one thing you definitely don’t want to see: a shark fin in the water. The same thing can be said about a dip in a lake or pond—only the creature you want to avoid happens to be a massive reptile instead. But is the animal who glides along the swampy waters with just its eyes showing a …

  9. “Cost” vs. “Price”: How Much Is The Difference?

    We love to talk about and compare the price of things. Maybe you remember the price of your favorite candy bar when you were a kid versus what its price is now. Or maybe you’ve had to take a good look at the cost of living in an expensive city. You’ve asked yourself, is it worth it? Can you afford it? When we start a new hobby …

  10. “Corporal,” “General,” “Sergeant,” “Private”: What’s The Order Of The Military Ranks?

    Growing up, most kids have that one friend with the incredibly strict parent. You know the one—the mom or dad who instills fear in everyone so that no one ever misbehaves around them, ever. There might also be a lot of yes ma’ams and no sirs involved. Well, it’s easy to joke that these parents are as strict as military officers. But in reality, not everyone …

  11. text on green background: terror vs. horror

    “Terror” vs. “Horror”: Which One Is Worse?

    Forget Thanksgiving, New Year’s, and Fourth of July—for some people, no other holiday comes close to Halloween. For those who are all about “spooky season,” they’re breaking out the pumpkin spice and brainstorming creepy costumes at the first hint of fall. But are those who savor the haunting side of this holiday all about the terror that ghosts and skeletons bring? Or is it horror …

  12. text: confident vs. confidant(e)

    “Confident” vs. “Confidant”: What’s The Difference?

    Before getting on stage to audition for the school play, Monica needed to believe in herself and reflect on her talent. But as she peeked out into the auditorium, where the judges were sitting, her self-esteem started to waver. At that point, was Monica feeling less confident than she was while singing in the shower? Or was she struggling to remain confidant? Or, what about confidante? …