I used to think anorexia was something to do with wearing an anorak.
1 belief I had as a kid was that being on the phone or radio could distort your voice and make it sound likeypu had a foreign accent.
I thought that the term "mild-mannered" meant the person didn't have very good manners, as I knew "mild" meant "not very much" (due to things like mild hot sauce), but had never heard that definition of "manner(ed)" before.
I thought that awry was pronounced "aw-ree" (rhymes with sorry), instead of "uh-rye". The odd part is, I had heard people say the word aloud lots of times, but it took me ages to realize it was the same word.
I thought "opera" was pronounced "oprah", as in Oprah Winfrey.
I thought "bless you" always came after "excuse me" after burping, farting, etc. It was pretty funny when I would say "bless you" after someone passed gas.
I Used To Believe Gibberish Was A Real Language, And I Thought I Was Fluent At Gibberish And I Came From A Country That Spoke Gibberish
My dad often says, "Is it _____ or what?" When I was little I thought I had to say "what" if it wasn't the "blank". For example if he said "Is it funny or what?" I thought I had to say "what" if I didn't think it was funny. I took things very literally back then. I think I actually did have to answer with "what" once!
Until I was in my 20s, I thought the word "stuck" in the phrase "bleed like a stuck pig" meant stuck as in stuck inside something, and didn't get how it made any sense. Then one day I realized it meant stuck like stabbed or punctured, and I was like "oh, duh!"
I thought the word "melodramatic" was actually "mellow-dramatic", and thought it was a really dumb word since it was basically an oxymoron (how can something be mellow and dramatic at the same time?)
I used to think that Americans and Australians were just British people living abroad and speaking with an alternative accent because they are international
My mom thought "ambulance" was "ambliance"
I thought people who used sign language had to spell out words one letter at a time using their entire bodies, like in the dance to the YMCA song.
I thought the phrase "At one's disposal" meant you should dispose of the person or thing.
I used to believe that accord was short for accordion
I used to think that the word pizzazz was something to do with pizza.
I used to think gladiators were meant to be some sort of alligator.
I used to think Art Deco was Aunt Deco, and wondered who this famously artistic woman was meant to be.
When I was little I used to believe that if you told a lie, your nose would grow in length.
Because of Beauty and the Beast, I thought that "provincial" meant "boring" because she sings, "I want much more than this provincial life!".
It also made me think "primeval" meant "prime evil", e.g really bad, because Belle uses that word to describe Gaston.