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I had these pajamas that were too loose for me and my mother called them "loosies" but I thought she was saying "Lucy's" and the reason they were too big was because they were meant for someone named Lucy, not me.
When I was six, I heard my grandparents say, "I'm getting sh*tty". I thought that meant they'd pooped their pants and burst into tears.
I thought that "losing your cool" meant you weren't cool anymore (as in weren't awesome) so I felt offended when my mother told me I'd lost my cool.
I thought that people only said, "Guess what?!" when delivering good news. So when Dad said, "Hey, guess what?! Eva broke her arm!!" (Eva is my friend and she's OK now, this was years ago), I was shocked at him and wondered why he thought it was good news that my friend broke her arm.
I used to believe that the word "artificial" was actually "art official," like artifical flavored candy was some sort of official art or something.
For a while I believed that saliva was a naughty word to say, because it seemed like a private bodily fluid that you should not mention in public.
I thought that when people talked about skyscrapers they were referring to the jet airliners that I had always seen flying overhead leaving behind them white scrape marks on the sky. My brother corrected me one day when I pointed up and said, "Look, there goes a skyscraper." After he told me that it really meant a super tall building I thought that was absurd, because a tall building doesn't leave a scrape mark!
I used to believe that all singers had to write their own lyrics and that if their language skills were not perfect, the mistakes would remain in the song.
English is not my mother tongue, and growing up I learned a lot of English from songs. But I was always a bit wary of songs by non-native English groups and singers. I was afraid that they had made mistakes (not knowing English perfectly) and that I'd acquire their mistakes.
I used to believe GPS stood for Ginormous Processing System.
I used to think elemeno was one letter, so when my preschool teacher was teaching us letters, I remember raising my hand and asking, "What about elemeno?" I also thought it was Y-and because of the song.