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I thought that if intelligent means smart there must also be a word "telligent" which means stupid!
i used to believe "eaves drop" was actually "ears drop"
I used to think the phrase "stark raving madness" was "star craving madness". It seemed a peculiar turn of phrase, as I'd never heard of anyone craving stars. On the other hand if anyone did crave stars, it is understandable how that might be associated with madness of some kind.
I thought when people said debit (like a debit card) they were trying to say "debut" and didn't realize the T was silent.
When I was younger I used to refer to cars as lawnmowers. Despite my parents constantly saying "c....a....r" I referred to the motor vehicle as the difficult, 3 syllabled word until I started school.
I thought when people said something was adjacent to something they were actually saying "a Jason to" and I always wondered why (I knew what the phrase meant just couldn't understand why it was called that)
I used to believe that tourists and terrorists were the same thing.
I went to a day camp for two weeks when I was 7. It was run by school teachers and were called counselors, a word I didn't know. After several days of our classes being swapped around or not having certain ones, I was convinced the adults were "cancelers" because they were canceling the classes.
When I was younger I would latch onto words I didn't know and try to figure out what they meant without asking. Bad words? No. Just boring ones. Like I always thought the word "behalf" was another word for one's behind. When someone would go before a crowd and say "On her behalf..." I was shocked they were allowed to talk about that in front of people! I knew it had to be a more acceptable form of that word because of that.
I used to think that macabre was a fabric identical to mesh. I believed this until my first week of my senior year of high school.
I used to think "bacteria" was pronounced "vacteria" and "taste buds" was pronounced "taste fuds". Nobody ever corrected me :/
As a kid every time I heard a person say "it's about time" I always replied "so what about it?"
When I was little, I used to believe that when you "eavesdropped" on somebody it meant to drop Adam and Eve on them.
Until I was about 8, I though my parents were calling an emergency vehicle "ambiliance" instead of ambulance, my nickname being Billy and my parents' mid-western pronunciation adding to the confusion.
I thought that Cul De Sac was one word "coldesack" because I had only heard it but never seen it written
I thought when someone was described as being "mild-mannered" it meant they didn't have very good manners
When i was in playschool we used to get sweets on a Friday, our teacher would always say "you'll all get sweets tomorrow" on a Thursday. I firmly believed "tomorrow" was another word for "friday".
Quite a few years ago, we went away with some friends near Christmas time and we were talking abut what our New Year's resolutions were going to be, and one of my friends said she gesticulated a lot when she talked and that her family etc said it can be annoying, so she was going to try and not do it so much. I had no idea what it meant, but for some reason, I thought it was something to do with sex, so i looked round really awkwardly as if to say 'Is she allowed to say that????' even though no one else flinched when she said it. I now realise why!!
When I was younger, I used to think when my mom said "P.O. Box" she was really saying "Pill Box." So I wondered why she would call it as pill box as if there were medicine pills in there when there was only mail. Just recently am I finding out that it's pronounced Pee-Oh box.
I used to think people were saying "Youth in Asia" when talking about "Euthanasia." I never understood why everyone was obsessed with talking about little kids from Asia.