# What is a Confused Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Confused Word™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule.

And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

CONFUSED WORD™, NOT CONFUSED WORD™
FRIEND,ENEMY
SHELF,FLOOR
WEATHER,FORECAST
LAME,GRACEFUL
TEACHING,LEARNING
CHEATERS,HONESTY


The obvious guess is:

a Confused Word is a word which is an anagram of another word.

Confused Words:

FRIEND ~ FINDER
SHELF ~ FLESH
WEATHER ~ WHEREAT
LAME ~ MEAL
TEACHING ~ CHEATING
CHEATERS ~ TEACHERS

Whereas the words in the second column

don't appear to be anagrams of other words.

• Not to be too pedantic here, but how about Enemy -> Yemen? – Matsmath Sep 22 '16 at 20:18
• @Matsmath I'm assuming proper nouns don't count - I believe they're not allowable in Scrabble, for example. – Rand al'Thor Sep 22 '16 at 20:19
• Well that was quick. Thought it might be a bit too easy :) I'll accept the answer once I'm able. – yitzih Sep 22 '16 at 20:22
• I'm guessing it also doesn't take dated forms (rewrit) – charfellow Sep 22 '16 at 20:42
• How are these different from Re-Tileable words then, expect maybe the looser stance on what exactly is a valid word? – M Oehm Sep 24 '16 at 7:09

It looks like a Confused Word™ is one that:

Can be an anagram of another word

In the list:

REREAD, FINDER, FLESH, WREATHE, MALE, SILENCED, CHEATING, TEACHERS