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My kindergarten teacher was English, so for the longest time I thought 'rubbish' was the correct word to use, not garbage, and that the letter 'H' was pronounced with a Huh sound in front of it, like Hach, not ach.

Anon
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when i was young i always pronounced nipples as nickles my mother thought it was cute and never told me otherwise i assumed everyone else used the same word right up until year 6 when we began sex education the teacher pointed to the nipples asked what they were and i said nickled the class laughed at me and i was very angry with my mother

donna
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When my sister was about 9 or 10 she used to pronounce "chaos" like "chows"

Anon
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My mother used to tell me to never spit in front of women. She was trying to teach me to be a gentleman, but I took her literally. From then on, I spat only BEHIND women. One day, as we were walking through the mall parking lot, I spit on the ground. My mother scolded me to "Never spit in front of women". So I spit behind her. She thought I was being a smarta$$, and she slapped me silly.

Nathan
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My mother used to believe that greenhouse gases came from real greenhouses and so was scared of walking near them because she knew that greenhouse gases were bad!

Anon
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my Grandmother likes to tell the story about, when I was four years old, a neighborhood boy kept coming into my backyard and bothering me, so she told me to "just kick him out" the next time he bothers me... and how, not long after, she came outside to see me kicking the poor little boy's shins all the way to the sidewalk!

harleyhalfmoon
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i used to believe that when u have grown up u wuld be able to speak all langiages

neo
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You know how 'a couple' usually means 2, and 'a few' is mopre then that? Well, when I was in first and second grade, i always got them confused, because 'few' sounded like 'two', and i used to argue with the other kids when they tried to tell me different...

Anon
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My cousins lived out in the country when I was younger, and one time they got all freaked out because someone said there were "poachers" prowling the woods. Being the little chunker that I was, I was ecstatic at the prospect of nice strangers coming by to cook us some poached eggs.

Paul
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I'm 20 years old, by the way...
Up until tonight, I believed that Molotov Cocktails were a kind of drink. I was talking on the phone with my mom, when she told me of this story on the news about a man in New York City who stood on top of a building, and threw Molotov Cocktails off of the building and onto the street, causing really bad damage. I was totally baffled as to why anybody would want to throw a bunch of drinks off a building. I even had this mental image of some guy on top of a tall building, throwing drinks in these little cocktail glasses onto the street. My response to this was, "Wow, sounds like *he* had a few too many Molotov Cocktails!", wondering why in the hell anyone would want to do such a weird thing. It was then that I found out that Molotov Cocktails are actually bombs that start on fire when you throw them at things.... oh dear...

~Dominique~
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While playing the game Clue with my family when I was about 10 I discovered that the Lead pipe, rhymes with RED and not READ. When I announced that my guess was that Miss Peacock did it in the conservatory with the LEAD (rhymes with read) pipe my whole family burst into laughter...I however burst into tears from the embarrasment!!

Red faced with embarrasment
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I used to think "prima donna" was actually "pre-madonna" and it meant people who were full of themselves before they actually got famous.

Matt
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When I was about 8 years old, I overheard my family talking about the increase in numbers of Lebanese immigrating to South Africa. Somewhere along the line I also hear the word Lesbian.

Not knowing the meaning of either word, I told classmates at school that one of my older brother's friends (a man) was a Lesbian. Got into real trouble at home when the school queried my conversation.

Cynthia
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In 1959 I had a class about menstruation.(They didn't call it a "period" way back then). I had never heard of it before. Then on TV they kept saying it over and over and I wondered why the men were talking about it. I asked my teacher..she watched and really listened to the news....she said they were saying Adminstration. I was very naive

Deloris
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I used to believe that an oncologist was an "on-call-ogist"

Anon
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top belief!

I was having a conversation with my grandma one day, about history and things she historical events she lived through and whatnot, and she told me she was in a class (she was about 14) after JFK was shot and she couldn't understand why everyone was upset. She thought "assassinated" meant to win an award or was an honor.

Kayla
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top belief!

I used to watch the Disney movie 101 Dalmatians constantly. At the part where Nanny calls Roger a "blooming hero", I couldn't understand her acccent and thought she called him a "bloomineero"--whatever that is.

Jo
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My grandparents used to always tell their dogs to "shut up", so I thought that the term was only used for dogs. Then one day my mom playfully told me to shut up, and I told her, "I'm not a dog!"

TheLoudPlayr
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when i was younger i use to think you would say hillo instead of hello and hi. to this day i say it sometimes.

carly
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I used to beleive when ppl didn't talk (deaf ppl) they lost their voice and could never talk again!

Tiara 10
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