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When I was young, I remember hearing my dad say that a co-worker of his was fired. Not knowing the meaning of 'fired' at the time, I pictured his co-worker being attacked a literal wall of fire.
"Better than sliced bread"
I used to believe 'Sliced Bread' was a musical band.
I thought that Saturday was actually "Sadderday" because it was some how sadder than the other days of the week!
I used to believe the show Law and Order was a gardening show called Lawn and Order.
My sister believed for the longest time that the word "Grandma" was actually GRAHAM ma. She even used to call our grandma "Graham cracker." :D
I used to believe the "Lawn and Garden" section in Wal Mart was my uncle's. Lonnie Garden? Makes sense...right? :) To this day I always think about uncle Lonnie everytime the intercom comes on at Wal Mart :) lol
When I was a little kid I thought "End's Meat" was some sort of rare delicacy with a very complicated recipe because I kept hearing about people having a hard time trying to make it.
I used to think the saying "take something for granted" was "take something for granite" and figured it was because granite isn't very valuable so if you take something for granite you don't think its very valuable
I thought eavesdropping was actually "easedropping" because it was so easy!
when I was really young, about 3 years old, I just learned to burp the alphabet. My dad tried to scare me by telling me that if i kept on burping the alphabet as often as i did, my normal voice would disappear and change in to the sound you make while burping. i found that really cool and every day i spent hours burping, just to achieve that voice, quite disappointed was I, when I realised it didn't happen
i used to believe that when you accidentally/ unconsciously say something bad, then knock on wood three times.... it wouldn't come true. :D
I thought the word hallucinate was actually "hellucinate" because it was hellish. At one point I asked my mom and she said "no it's hallucinate because when you do it you see Hal!" and I believed this for a long time
I used to think the word "eavesdrop" was "ease drop," as in, you could overhear what people were saying because it was easy.
Until very recently, I thought "archives" was pronounced like "are chives".
I thought the saying "run amok" was actually "run a muck" and figured a "muck" must be some weird measurement of distance I had never heard of!
I used to believe the word original meant basically the opposite of what it really means i.e something old and familiar. I think I thought this because I knew the original version of something meant the first so I thought if something was original it was similar to the first version
When I first heard someone described as a "household name," I figured it must mean that they have a mop or blender of some other household appliance named after them. Like a Dinah Shore toaster or a Johnny Cash stove.
whenever i went to a restaurant the waitress would come up to the table and ask "soup or salad?" but thats not how i heard it, i thought she was saying "super salad"! i always liked soup better than salad, but i thought for a very long time that a salad was the only choice, and that it must be pretty good to be called a "super salad" dont ask how i didn't figure out the mistake when other people ordered soup except me, it took me a long time to figure out what the waitress was really saying.
As a kid, I used to believe that you have a limited amount of words you could use in your lifetime, so I had to be carefull of talking too much, or I would be silent when I was 20. My parents wondered why I didn't much as a child. How relieved I was when I realized that I could talk as much as I liked!
My mom was in a beauty pageant, and during the interview part, they asked her what she thought about "euthanasia". She happily proceeded to talk about how much she loves "youth in asia".... I dare say she didn't win that pageant.