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I used to think that "diarrhea" was actually "ballerina"
My mom would always use old sayings but in front of them she add "You know what they say". I imagined "They" as several british policemen and ladies with eighties hair. I was a wierd kid......
I used to believe that "nuptial" was a naughty word. I thought it meant nipple. XD
Currently, in my 9th grade class, we are studying genes and the like in biology. Well, we briefly touched on it in 8th grade, and I remember reading the word alleles, but never hearing it said out loud. About last week, I heard my teacher say it, but to my surprise she said it 'al-LEELS'. I had assumed it was pronounced "a-LAY-lees". It gets worse, I tried to correct her.
This isn't mine, but my sister's. My sister is 5 and she recently saw the commercial for genital herpes. Well, I guess she figured "genital" was "genetic," because when my grandparents were over she proudly whispered to them: "I have genital dyslexia."
I used to believe people said "Happy New Year with Leaves" instead of "Happy New Years Eve." My family still reminds me of it over 30 years later. Every year.
at the age of 6 i believed that flush was a color
I used to believe that people were "human beans" instead of human beings.
I used to believe that humans were "human-beans" instead of "human-beings"!
One day I was in the car with my mom, and I said, "You know, I'm almost sixteen, you don't need to spell around me anymore." She didn't know what I was talking about. "I heard you on the phone, you were spelling a word, and I just wanted to let you know I know what you're spelling."
"What word did I spell?"
Knowing that I was about to say something stupid, she held in her laughs and said, "Okay, then what does that spell?"
"Obgyn," I said, pronouncing it ob-gin.
My mother once told my niece that she was a nighthawk when she was little, as the family was staying up late to watch movies. My niece thought she called her a "night hog", and to this day, persists on calling herself a "night hog" - she's 25 years old now and we STILL can't get her to believe the term is "nighthawk".
When I was little I would always get confused with the words homo and hobo. One day, while in NYC, I saw a man sleeping on a bench. To my mother's horror I exclaimed, "Look! A homo!" and recieved many puzzled stares. I haven't mixed them up since.
I used to believe that the word 'circumstances' was pronounced 'circus dancers'.
My Best friend was horrified the other day to learn that chimney isn't actually pronounced 'chimley'. She is 22.
When I was younger, I read in this spanish book that two 'l's (as in, como se llama) were pronounced as 'y'. I promptly forgot that this only applied to Spanish, and so for a very long time (up until 3 years ago) I thought that anything with two l's would have to be pronounced y. for example, I was read this book called 'is your mama a llama' by my mom a lot, and I remember saying, "Mom, it's not lama, it's yama!" I also remembering encountering the name Lloyd for the first time. I announced proudly that the person was named Yoyd, (pronounced like yoid) not Loyd.
When people said "Human Being" I used to think they were actually saying, "Human Bean" I believed this until I was about 7 or 8 years old.
I used to believe that "shame" is a kind of table because when children were send to stand in the corner (near that particular table) everybody had to say "shame".
When I was 6 (or maybe 7), and on a country walk with my family, I referred to "that shoop".
Well, several geese, but only one goose, therefore several sheep, but only one shoop.
It was perfectly logical to me at the time, and, come to think about it, I might start a campaign to make my version the correct one...
I used to believe there was some secret reason about why "clothes" wasn't pronounced "cloth-es" and "shoppe" wasn't pronounced "shop-e." I thought that when I grew up, my parents would sit down and explain these secrets (and others) to me.
Sometimes when my parents were trying to get me out of bed or to get me to do something when I'd just been sitting around, they would say, "Up an' at 'em." For many years I heard this as "Up an' Adam." Adam was my older brother's name, so I thought my parents had made that expression up to tell me I should be more energetic like my brother. I didn't figure out what they were really saying till I was a teenager.