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.. 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.

Misconceptions, we have so many!
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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.

Kristine from Boston
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When I was about four I thought adults spoke a diferent language.

Amy
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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.

StarDust
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I used to belive that the word sexy (depending on your sex)
ment you were very girly/boyish.

MysticDarkness
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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!

Breezy
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I once heard my dad say, "She doesn't waste words." and believed you could run out. I did not talk much after that.

Anon
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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.

Louise Kilpatrick
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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.

Georgia
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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...

twilight678
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I believed that certain words were pronounced one way when spoken and silently pronounced another way when read. For instance the nut "pecan" was pronounced with a short e in the first syllable and a an aah sound in the second one, but when read it was silently pronounced as pee-can. This is probably too complicated to explain but it was one of my rules.

Stephen
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When i was little my mum used to say "i'm not jet-propelled, when we were asking for things, and i wondered who he was.

Je'prepelled (a super guy)
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When I heard someone say, "mother-in-law", or "brother-in-law", etc. I thought they were talking about more than one person in general. I thought they were saying, "mother and all", or "brother and all", etc.

Anon
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I used to believe the word(s?) 'make-believe' was supposed to be 'maple leaf'. I always said 'I watched my favorite cartoon today. But its just a maple leaf story'.

Kristina
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i used to believe that when people said "pardon me" that they were actually saying "part of me". i could never figure out what that was supposed to mean.


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hahahah i am 15 years old, almost 16. my friend melanie is a little older than me, i believe she is 16.....she has always had the toughest time with words; not a really widespread vocabulary.

she calls me up the other day and tried to ask me for advice about something. and she said: "YOU KNOW, THIS WHOLE THING IS ASSINYING"

like ass-in-eye-ing. she got it mixed up with assinine. i guess she thought people were saying assinyin'. ahahaha

elle
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Once I had a most embarassing experience as a kid at my big sister's school at a game one time. And it was a booboo that many people wouldn't let me forget for a LONG time. I referred to some cheerleaders "waving their tampons around". That was because I was inclined to confuse the words "tampon" and "pompom". I even still do confuse them occasionally.

Brad
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I always thought the saying was 'for crying allowed' instead of 'for crying out loud'.

Anon
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I used to believe that a "Rear Admiral" was someone who watched scantily dressed people (like on a beach, for example) and admired their butts.

Kristin Renee
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When my best friend's brother was around 7 or 8, he drove their whole family crazy with his endless chitter chater about anything and everything, so they him that he only had a certain amount of words he could use in his lifetime and if he went over that limit he'd never be able to speak again. Just imagine the stillness that ensued after this episode.

Oops!
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