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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.
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.