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When I was little my dad used to travel to Hong Kong a lot for his job, and for the longest time I thought it was pronounced "Honk Honk" because it was a large city with a lot of traffic.
One time there were fireworks outside, which is what I called them, but my parents said that there were fire crackers outside. I thought they were making crackers over a fire!
I had a friend who thought "seeing eye" dogs were called "senile" dogs. Have to watch out for those dogs that can't remember anything!
When I was 8 years old we had a really hot summer (I lived in Oklahoma), and I walked home from school and I thought I was having a stroke. I was just dehydrated. Anyway, I started drinking water really fast. My brother walked over to me and said "Careful, you'll hydrate yourself."
Until about two months ago (I'm 19), I thought hydrating yourself meant killing yourself.
I told everyone at work, that "Ireland" was really supposed to be "Ourland", because with the Irish accent, it just sounds like "Ireland". They believed it.
I was 14 years old and my mother was talking about veterans day coming up. I looked at her and said " ya know mom, I have never understood why they have a day to celebrate Veterinarians...I mean it's great that they take care of animals but why is it so special to everyone?" My mom started laughing so hard I thought she was going to pee her pants- literally rolling on the ground. When she finally could gather herself she looked at me and said "is that what you have thought your whole life?" and then started laughing again. Took her about 30 minutes before she would explain that I was wrong....I felt like an idiot!
I used to think that a dual carriageway was a "jewel carriageway" and was studded with diamonds, rubies and sapphires! Then one day on a journey my mum said something to my dad about stopping for our picnic lunch, and he said "Wait till we get off this dual carriageway." I realised we were actually on one, and not a diamond in sight. It was a terrible disappointment. I've never got over it
When I was little I thought the X-ing sign (like duck x-ing... we have a lot of ducks in our town) was pronounced like Zing. I always wondered why they zinged the ducks.
I used to believe that the Pokémon psyduck was pronounced 'pussy-duck'
Until relatively recently (I think i was about 17 and I'm 25 now) I thought the saying "up and at em" was "up and Adam" since I heard it but never saw it written down.
I was really taken aback when someone told me what "toe jam" actually means. Before that, I had heard the term quite a few times, always thinking it was the name of some rock band.
When I was 8 or 9 there was a very unpleasant girl in my class. She was on my bus and lived at a place called "____ Manor," so I thought that's where they sent the really bad kids to learn their "manners." Every time my parents yelled at me for misbehaving, I thought that they didn't realize how fortunate they were to have me: at least I wasn't so nasty that I had to be sent to a manor!
I used to think the the "gyne" in gynecologist was pronounced like the end of the word "vagina," much to my embarrassment when I had to read it out loud in high school health class.
One summer while my family was visiting my cousin's family, a new family moved into my cousin's neighborhood from Davenport, Iowa. Whether coincidentally or not, it was while playing with my cousin and the new kid from Davenport that I for the first time heard a sofa called a "davenport'. I got thet idea that perhaps in a lot of places people call a sofa by the name of whatever city they are familiar with living in.
For years I heard the word "ostentatious" and thought it was some dialectical pronunciation of "Austin, Texas".
When I started kindergarten, my teacher would call out our full names in class ('Jane Marie Smith' instead of just 'Jane Smith'). For the first week and a half, I did not answer and wondered why she never spoke to me. When she asked my why I never answered her, I explained that she never called my name. A heated argument followed and I went home to tell my mom how crazy my teacher was. I was outraged to find out that my middle name was indeed what the teacher had claimed and was NOT Pumpkin. I quietly apologized to my teacher the next day and have not been called "pumpkin" since.
when i was around 6 I was at school
when it was recess me and my friends were playing with a little rubber octopus.
i stretched out the tentacle's and one broke off
and so i yelled "oh shoot i broke off one of its testicles!"
I meant to say tentacle.
i had no idea what a testicle was .
I Felt so embarrassed after my teachers reaction.
My best friend and i were talking one day and i mentioned that my boyfriend's sister was "as pure as the driven snow". My friend said, "Don't you mean the UN-driven snow? It gets pretty dirty after you drive on it." I guess she thought the phrase meant someone was on longer pure, like snow that has been driven over with a vehicle. I tried not to laugh as i explain that it was driven as is blown by the wind, not driven like a car.
I used to believe that the word 'indie' was a way of saying that something was made in India. Like everytime I heard about indie movies & indie music, I wondered how the heck so many things could be made in India! But then it dawned on me that indie meant independent. XD
I'm a Finn, and I used to believe that everyone in the world understands Finnish. Also when, say, two Englishmen would talk English to each other, they actually hear it as Finnish.