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in my native language UN means flour,so when i was 7 i used to see big tanks with UN written on them in war zones and think they used to carry around flour,and i used to believe we were very rich because we had so much flour at home,if they were guarding flour in tanks it must have been very precious but no body ever told me UN meant uited nations!
When I was four and i had just Started school I was learning irish and i thought in irish everything ended in either a or ini (Exp. hata, gloviní)
and i thought every language was writen in english and but read differently
I used to believe the letters L, M, N, O were the word elemeno, which was an adjective that described some attribute of the letter P. I always wondered what it meant to be elemeno, and why none of the other letters in the alphabet were elemeno.
At my primary school there were signs that said "live cables burried here" when I was little I thought these signs said "live couple buuried here" I thought there was people burried all over my school.
I learned fairly early that "Lt." was the abbreviation for the word "lieutenant", and was very proud of myself for knowing such a fancy word. Except... it was years before I figured out that the "lt. blue" crayon wasn't "lieutenant blue".
One time my sister and I were fighting over what game to play so, looking in the corner where a fire escape ladder was, she yelled "If you play boggle with me after you can play whatever you want. We can even play escape ladder!" at first I thought she was joking but after a moment I realized she sincerly believed that the escape ladder was a board game.
When I was little, I would bike past the City Motor Company on my way to the library. However, I thought it was the City MURDER Company. I was scared to go past it for years.
When me an my little brother were little, we took a family vacation road trip to Disney World. On the way there, my little brother would ask me what the billboards said because he wasn't old enough to read yet and I was. I told him some of the roadside billboards near Disney World said, "Tommy is a a dummy." and he believed me.
I never understood why the dish washing liquid would advertise itself as "useless." It was only when I was better at reading that I realized the package said "use less" because it was the concentrated kind so one didn't need to use as much to get the dishes clean.
when i was little in my town there is an auto repair place and it had the words "new brakes" written on a neon sign outside the letters b and r were out though (so it said ake) for some reason i always thought it said "new cakes" i could never figure out why men who fix cars had a sign for cake outside i thought it said new cakes til i was maybe 9
I thought the bass and tremble knob on the car radio said bass and terrible and I always wondered why would anyone set it to that if it sounded terrible
When I first started reading, I eventually came across names like Mr. Jones and Mrs. Smith and whatnot. But my little mind didn't fully understand the concept of abbreviations and thought Mr. was pronounced Mer and Mrs. was pronounced Mers.
When I was young I thought that the "Danger: High Voltage" signs meant that there was voltage at a taller altitude, not that the voltage was strong. There was a utility pole in our yard so it made since until I saw a ground box and thought "Well, that voltage isn't very high?"
I used to believe in fuiry tales
i learned to read at a pretty young age, but wasn't great at speed reading when i was little. when we drove past the signs that say "adopt a highway litter control," i always read "adopt a highway little girl," and spent hours wondering where these girls came from and why there were no boys.
it made me happy to see a sponsor on there :)
When I was little, I had a foreign nanny that would always tell me something that sounded like "com kweet". I never learned what it meant, but I somehow came up with the idea that you had to say it after every sentence when you read aloud.
So, when I'd read a book for my mom and grandma, it sounded something like this: "The dog climbed up the hill, com kweet. It made him very tired, com kweet..."
i used to get 'prosecuted' and 'persecuted' mixed up all the time, so i figured the signs in stores that said "shoplifters will be prosecuted" meant the store owner was going to take anyone he found stealing stuff out back and shoot him!
In the early 1950's long before we had a TV, I would read my older brother's comic books, and I thought Yosemite Sam was pronounced yose mite. I was a teenager before I heard it said correctly.
One time when I was younger my family went out to dinner at a restaurant right next to a store called David's Bridal (wedding store, obviously). I did not know what "Bridal" meant, but I did know that you put a "Bridle" on a horse when you wanted to ride it. So I concluded that David's Bridal must be a horse store. It didn't help that there was a large statue of a horse nearby.
We always passed an antique store on the way to my grandma's house. I always thought to myself, "What is an anti-q store and what in the world would they sell there?"