Levels of Distractibility: Who cares? = *. Some people will be distracted from your meaning: = **. Many people will be distracted from your meaning: = ***.
Question: What are some confusing words that not too many people know about?
Answer: "Stanch" and "staunch" for starters. "Stanch means to stop the flow of something, usually blood. "Staunch" means firm and resolute, as in "He was a staunch defender of the Faith."
Rating of Distractibility (**). Many people know these words and rarely confuse them, probably because their meanings are so different. Confusing them would be a real "laugher."