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
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.