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When I was young I had heard many times the expression "Naked as a jay bird" and knew what it referred to, but later I heard someone mention something about 'jay walking' and I thought it meant someone was walking around naked.
I used to believe when I was little that "cognito" was a place because I would hear the phrase "____ is hiding incognito".
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!
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 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 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
I thought the word "eerie" meant that someone had big ears. When my teacher told me that my Halloween costume made me look "eerie", I got quite offended!
I heard the word "pundit" a lot when my parents watched the news, and figured it must be a type of comedian who used puns all the time. I thought it was short for "pun bandit".
I used to think light sabers were called life savers.
When I was little, I watched "All in the Family". I didn't understand "before" could also mean "in front of", so when Rob Reiner would say "All in the Family was filmed before a live audience", it confused the heck out of me.
I used to believe that each person had a certain amount of 'voice'. I thought that when people had lost their voice it had just run out, so I used to stay quiet for long periods of time to save it up.
6 year old : I want to watch this film!
Dad : No you don't. It's about romance.
6 year old : So?
Dad : You don't like romance.
6 year old : What's wrong with romance?
Dad : Do you even know what rhe word means?
6 year old : Sure I do! People who live in Rome!
I always got the words kidnapped and adopted mixed up. When I was in the first grade I almost fell over in the lunch line when my friend said she was adopted, (thinking she was kidnapped) I told my mom as soon as I got off the bus that day and she had to explain the difference.
I always thought that freak accidents where accidents that only involved freaks.
"Mickey & the Beanstalk" was a picture book and record version of the fable (done by Disney) that was very popular in my kindergarten class in the mid 1950s. An invisible narrator recounted the drama of Mickeys plight and the dim witted giant to an invisible pair of kids -- little girl and little boy. The record beeped when you were to turn the page. Gripped with fear for Mickey's safety, I listened as the narrator whispered and the picture showed Mickey climbing up the sleeping giant's shirt to filch the key to free the harp-woman. Suddenly the little girl breaks the tension describing some NEW character that Mickey should, "leave alone!"
Who was Well Enough and how did he get in the story?!
Once when I was a kid, I said to my mom, "Woudn't it be neat if they invented two machines: A mess-maker, and a mess-cleaner-upper?" She sarcastically replied, "Oh, I already have TWO mess-makers!"
For several minutes, I was impressed, but confused, wondering why she had opted to buy TWO mess-makers, and not a single mess-cleaner-upper, as that was clearly the more useful of the two inventions.
That is, until I realized that she was referring the my sister and me.
I used to be afraid that when I have a kid I won't be able to teach it how to speak English and it would just grow up never knowing how to speak.
I used to think artistic meant autistic. I would always get angry when someone complemented my brothers drawings in our room.
I lived in Spain when I was young and went to an international school. Every day at lunch we had to say grace which began with 'Let us Pray' and there was always a plate of salad in front of us. One day I was sent home from school because I refused to say the words for the lettuces (Letuspray...lettuces)....
when i was around 6 I was at school
when it was recess me and my friends were playing with a little rubber octopus.
i stretched out the tentacle's and one broke off
and so i yelled "oh shoot i broke off one of its testicles!"
I meant to say tentacle.
i had no idea what a testicle was .
I Felt so embarrassed after my teachers reaction.