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I use to believe 'brainwashing' was when someone cut open your head and poured water in to wash your brain!.
I used to to mix up masturbation with Mastacation, so while at at a family dinner party I decided to show off my vocababulary and knowledge of a cows' digestive system. I sarted talking and said," ...Oh yes, did you know that after MASTURBATING its food teh food has to travel through 4 chambers...." Everybdy started laughing and my mum was mortified.
She wasnt too happy with me later when it sparked some interesting questions from my younger siblings later on...
One day I said "No, I don't want to go to school right now I want to go to school at three o'clock" and my mother said "But them school will be boring!" But I didn't know what "boring" meant, so I thought it meant that it would be raining (as in "pouring")!
when i was 4 i used to believe that the only thing people ever said was their name!
I used to believe that if yo took a picture of someone while they're talking, a speech bubble would appear in the picture.
I used to think that "string him up" meant that you took someone high up on a tree and used string to tie them to it.
When I was younger I thought that "exceptional" and "acceptable" meant the same thing, so when I was young and I tried really hard and the teacher whose class I got an A in their class (yes, I was young) said I was an "exceptional" student I was thinking he menat acceptable and wondered why getting an A was only acceptable and how much you'd have to do to get this teacher's respect.
When I was about 6 I knew a mute girl at primary school. I used to believe that people had a limited number of words that they could pronounce in a lifetime and once you'd used them all up, then you became mute. From then on, I paid special attention not to waste words.
I used to think the word "procrastinate" meant to put off going to the toilet. I couldn't work out why we needed a word to describe that - why didn't people just go to the toilet when the needed to go?
until today, while reading a psych book, i found out ive been saying "disconserting" with an N making it "disconcerning" my whole life....im 20.
.. that 'approximate' meant precisely, until I was 22 yrs when I was arguing with my friends about what it meant. Had to look in the dictionary to make sure after believing it for so many yrs.
When I was about 5 or 6 I was really unaware of what exactly people were saying when they said "suit yourself". I believed that the correct way to say such a thing was "shoot yourself". So whenever my chums didn't want to do what I wanted to it was always "shoot yourself" that came out of my little mouth.
When I was about four I thought adults spoke a diferent language.
I was visiting my neice and she asked her mom why their dog was acting weird. Her mom told her that the dog was in heat. The next day I went over again and my niece opened the door and while waving her hand in front of her face like a fan siad, "I'm in heat, I'm sooo in heat." She thought "in heat" meant you were really hot.
I used to belive that the word sexy (depending on your sex)
ment you were very girly/boyish.
As I was a quite chatty child (verbal-diarrohea) as my parents called it, I was told one day at about age six that you could only say 1000 words in your lifetime and then you wouldn't be able to talk anymore. I was fairly quiet for a short time after that!
I once heard my dad say, "She doesn't waste words." and believed you could run out. I did not talk much after that.
When my parents told me as a young child, that if I didn't slow down the speed of my speech, they would take me to ELOCUTION lessons, I believed that they would be taking me to be ELECTROCUTED stage by stage. I very quickly slowed down my talking.
I used to beleive that voting was vomiting and that when mum and dad said they were going to vote I would ask them if they were sick.
When I was little, (about three years old), I used to play with my cousin a lot, who was about six years old at the time. We used to play in the grass and do a lot of somersaults, and came to the conclusion that a backward somersault should be called a winterpepper. (somersault = summersalt, so the opposite would be winterpepper.) It still makes sense...