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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?"
I saw the word "funeral" in writing before I'd ever heard the word or knew what a funeral was. I assumed it was something like a carnival since it started with the word "fun."
I used to believe that the notice "Case sensitive" when you put in a password on the computer meant that if I got it wrong, they'd take me to court. I'd always check twice before I logged in!
Once, while walking with my dog down the street I saw a sign I front of someone's house that said "Season's Greetings". I could'nt read very well at the time so I read it as "Satan's Greetings", I was so scared, we ran all the way home to frantically tell my mom. lol
When I was maybe 3, my family went to Disneyland. My sister's name is Adrienne, and we both got autograph books for the Disney charcters to sign. On the cover, it said "Autographs". I kept saying, "This isn't mine, it's Adrienne's, because it says her name on the front" Apparently I misread "Autographs" as my sister's name. The funny thing is, Now I am a very good reader and speller.
My parents both work in the medical field and there's this big book at home entitled "anatomy". Now, I thought my brother Anthony was named after that book, since my parents loved anatomy so much...
I was shocked upon finding out that "O.M.G" means oh my god not like how it sounds when you say all the words together..... ommmmmgah! LOL
I used to mix up the words 'prosecuted' and 'executed.' Every time I saw a "violators will be prosecuted" sign, I made sure to be on my best behavior. I was absolutely terrified that my actions would result in death if I did something wrong.
Whenever I saw those signs that said "In case of fire, use stairs", I thought it was telling me to use the stairs just in case a fire randomly broke out. I thought it was a stupid sign. I later realized it was telling me to use the stairs if there was a fire.
When I was in 6th grade, learning about "organisms", every time I read out loud to my class, I would switch the word "organism" with the word "orgasm". I always knew it had some kind of sexual meaning but I was never really certain what it meant, so I did it to make it awkward for my teacher and classmates.
I used to think LMAO meant lama or lame with an o at the end.
When I was a kid I used to think that the signs on elevators that said "In case of fire, do not use lift" meant never to use a lift, just in case there's a fire. I wondered why have the lift at all, if you're never meant to use it? But figured since everyone else ignored the sign, the risk couldn't be that great!
When I was little, my dad and I would sometimes sneak into hotels and use their pool. I was always nervous because I knew we were doing something wrong, and I once read a sign that said trespassers will be prosecuted. I thought prosecuted meant executed and was terrified that they would find us and kill us.
I used to think that there were two n's in the alphabet, one after m and one right before z. i thought this until 2 grade. i thought that because when people said w x y and z, it sounded like w x y n z
When I was 8 or 9 years old, I read Harry Potter, and I was convinced I was going to Hogwards too. I kept believing it until I was 11, because I didn't receive a message form Dubledore. I was so disappointed..
I used to think that the word "soliciting" meant the same as "socializing" and I remember being really confused at a restaraunt that had a sign saying "No Soliciting". I was worried that my family was all going to get in trouble for talking.
When i was young, maybe 8 or 9, I had seen the movie 'The Bodyguard'. And in that movie, they mentioned that the bad guy had 'masturbated' on the bed of the victim. Well, my dad was driving me to school one morning, and i asked him what maturbate meant. He got really angry and told me it was a dirty word and that i should never say that again or think about that! I eventually looked it up in the dictionary at school, and still didn't understand it...what the heck was 'manually stimulating oneself to achieve orgasm' supposed to mean to an 8 year old?! So i just wrote the meaning down in my diary. My then teenage brother ended up stealing my diary, and when i asked him if he had seen it, he said: "Masturbation?" Talk about embarressing!