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I used to believe that people who spoke different languages just had different ears than us. If someone was speaking spanish, i thought they heard english.
When I was little I expected every word had an abbreviated version i.e. hamburger to burger, etc. I made my parents drop to the floor laughing when I was 7, asking them "Don't only old people live in condoms?" I thought I was talking about condominiums.
After being corrected for saying "doin'" instead of "doing", my friend's daughter decided it was bad grammar to pronounce ANY word with an "-n" sound at the end. For years she added a g to the ends of words- "button"became "butting", "kitten" was "kitting". She even called a classmate "Kristing".
I used to think that if someone was "behind the times", that meant that they were dead. Ironically, I first heard the expression used in a song from a kid's show, and I became upset wondering why they would mention such a terrible thing in a song for little ones.
I used to think that the words "supposed to" were "post to" and said it that way till I learned to spell it in 4th grade!
When I was little, I used to believe that Baskin Robbins was called Batman and Robin's. For the longest time I never knew why everyone would laugh at me when I said, "Hey mom, can we go to Batman and Robin's?"
When I was little my mother called being naked 'nakey-no-nos' as in, "bath time, get in your nakey-no-nos". I believed this was a common term everyone used until I was about 17.
My sister had her own language as a toddler. Once she told my dad and me she needed a "bone for her didden". We had no idea what she was talking about and had to call my mom to interpret.
She wanted a comb for her hair.
Until I was probably thirteen, when my mom referred to the list she would give my dad to do on weekends as "A Honey-Do List", I always wondered what on earth honeydew melons had to do with it!
When I was little, I got the words "cannibal" and "barbarian" confused. My mom joked that my uncle "ate like a barbarian" once and for almost a year I was terrified of him because i thought he ate people.
I used to think that Italian was just English with O and A at the end!
I used to believe when people booed at a sports game or comedy, they were actually saying," Oooo!" like they were interested. I thought it was a good thing to be booed.
When I was little, my friend used the word "oxymoron." When I asked her what it meant, she said it was a horrible insult. I went around calling people oxymorons for a couple of years until someone finally told me what it really means!
When I was 5, I came home from school begging my mum for 20p so I could buy a puppy. Boy was I dissapointed the next day when they were only selling poppies for rememberence day.
I used to think I could speak Cat. I would say 'meow meow meow' while thinking the words I wanted to say to it and thought the cat would understand me. :)
My Sister And I Used To Believe That If You Said Something 3 Times You Would Tern Into That.
When I was younger, a friend of mine told me that to be "mature" meant that you had a lot of friends, and being "immature" was like being a loser, geek, nerd, etc.
I went on for months calling people I didn't like "immature."
When I was about 10 I actually looked up "mature".
I still call people I don't like immature. and I know what it means.
When I was little, when people spoke of going to the nearby town of Cedar Rapids (Iowa), I thought they were saying they were going to "See the rabbits." I asked my mom if we could go see the rabbits sometime. When she finally comprehended what I was talking about, she set me straight. I was disappointed, my vision of a vibrant rabbit community dispelled.
When I was younger I thought that the abbreviation lbs, stood for "illables". I then told people that I weighed some number of illables. It wasn't until middle school that my mom told me illables wasn't a word and it actually stood for pounds.
I used to believe that stereotypes were people who used steroids.