What's the Difference Between...?
By Rebecca Rodriguez - July 8, 2021

There are quite a few words and technical terms that we incorrectly use on a daily basis. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise; most people don’t spend their days scrolling through dictionaries. We pick up the meanings of words through intuition, and intuition can sometimes get a little muddy and opaque.

Poison and venom

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There’s no shame in not knowing the difference between poison and venom. Most people tend to conflate the two. But, technically speaking, there is a difference. Poison is at boxing that gets into the body by penetrating it somehow. This can happen via swallowing, inhaling, absorption, and so on. Poisonous animals tend to be passive-aggressive: they won’t directly attack a human; they’ll release their poison as a result of being eaten, touched, or disrupted. Venom, on the other hand, is a specific type of poison. It must be actively injected via a bite or sting. Venom needs a wound in order to enter the body.