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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.
So you know those signs in Steak n Shake that say Takhomasak (it's take home a sack)? My mother told me it was an Native American chief... and I believed her.
I used to think (for an embarrassingly long time!)that FAQ meant For Any Questions, because that was what people said they would leave time for at the end of a presentation.
I once was at a friend's house and we were going to go to the grocery store. So we were perusing the ads and reading the big deals on food for the day. It was that day when I first realized that meat was not sold in units known as "libs", as my friend's father calmly explained to me. In fact, "lbs." was short for pounds (and I still don't understand why).
When I was little, I really wanted something from a mail-order thing, so I took the form and filled it out... but there was something I didn't know about. On the form, it said "please print".
Now, at the time, I didn't know what cursive handwriting was, so I thought that it meant you had to put your fingerprint there to show that you really REALLY wanted what you were ordering! It was like saying "please mommy, can I have this?" Hence, a 'Please Print'.
Before i read the Harry Potter books, i think someone told me Griffindor was a place! I imagened a city, at night.
Also in 1st grade we named our "groups" (groups of desks) once, a group called themselves (Dumbledors" i thiught "why wuld anyone want to be called "double doors"?"
When i read it i found out the truth.
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 must have been about 8-9 and I read a book called 'The boy who climbed into the moon'. I remember sitting in the bath and looking out of the window. I saw the moon in the sky and I utterly thought that I would be able to get a ladder and climb to the moon. It would be hard but possible. Great book
My mother has told me about a time when I was just starting to figure out that letters made words. She said that one time she saw me pointing to the word on the back of the toliet and I said, "E-L-G-E-R. Potty!" I thought Elger (the name of the toliet manufacturer, spelled potty.
I used to believe that photos of people in magazines or books, if they were looking straight at you from the photo; then they could REALLY see you and everything you were doing. It still creeps me out to this day, a little.
i used to believe that 'island' was pronounced 'is-land' instead. I know im not alone on that one! :)
I used to believe that "G" was a vowel. As far as i was concerned, vowels were letters that could make two noises. At that time, i thought they were just called the two-soundy-letters. I first found this out at the age of 6 and believed it until first grade. I was sad when i found out it wasnt.
I used to believe that if you folded a letter with the recipient receiving the blank side upon opening, then he or she would think there was nothing on either side of the paper.
Whenever we travelled to the States, I thought that "Exxon" (like on the gas station signs) was how Americans spelled "Esso," which made me believe that Americans spoke a different language than Canadians.
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.
I always thought that the tv commercial phrase "Reading is fundamental" was instead "Reading is fun to mental". I guess I was. D'oh!
When I was little I never understood why adults liked to read. I thought that all the read were information books or dictionary/thesaurus... I never knew they actually had fiction books! Not until I was about 10!
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..
when i was wee i used to think union was pronounced like onion, which led to some confusion when seeing the covers of various news magazines during the various strikes and worker problems of the 70's and early 80's
When I was 4 or 5, I learned how to read. But when you learn how to read, you always speak out loud so that your teacher or parent can help you along. I thought it was a group activity. So one evening at home, I was on the floor reading some children's book aloud, and my older sister got annoyed with me and said, "Andrew, be quiet and read in your head!"
I tried a page not saying anything but still taking in the words, and was amazed when I could do it! It suddenly dawned on me that I could enjoy the imaginary worlds in books in private, and this was an amazingly powerful ability.