One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘there was no need to confuse students with too much controversy’
bewilder, baffle, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, confound, befog, nonplus, disconcert, throw, set someone thinking
informal flummox, discombobulate, confusticate, faze, stump, beat, fox, make someone scratch their head, floor, fog
North American informal buffalo
archaic wilder, gravel, maze, cause to be at a stand, distract, pose
2‘the points made by the authors confuse rather than clarify the issue’
complicate, muddle, jumble, garble, make complex, make difficult, make more difficult, blur, obscure, make unclear, cloud, obfuscate
3‘a lot of people confuse a stroke with a heart attack’
mix up, muddle up, confound
misinterpret as, mistake for, take for
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