Unfortunately, this was not a recent mix-up because the French word for "mermaid" is "sirène". The word is used for both the half-woman, half-fish people AND the half-bird Greek mythology sirens.
the confusion happened because there are also stories about mermaids that sing to lure sailors to their doom. people didn't realize the Sirens from Greek myth were bird-people and started to use the name for the singing mermaids and then it all went wrong.
Thank you! It always annoys me when I see pimple showing off mers as sirens, like, why don't you compare the Minotaur and centaurs?
sounds like a mix-up and people failing to research proprly
They sound hideous
Oh yeah. That is true. I like mermaids better the sirens kinda creep meh out. 0.0