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I used to think "Disney" was spelled D I S N E P. because they'd loop the "y" and it looked like a "p"!

Rebecca Sears
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I used to spell visit, vist until I was 16.

Amy
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when my sister was around 7 she thought doing word search meant circling the letter of each word in the search, ending up with a whole bunch of circles in the word search

sunshine
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I'm not sure if this is quite in the right category, but before I learned cursive handwriting, I used to scribble on pages and pages of paper, making sure to put lots of loops in. I had to be ready for the third grade, and I wanted to be ahead of everyone else.

Hollywood
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I thought that no matter how you arranged any letters, it would always make a word. So 1 day when my teacher was asking for spelling words to put on a test, i Suggested ngfzztplk or something like that and everybody was like huh?

ediop
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I'm not American nor English. So as you understand english isn't my first language so i had to take lessons to learn english. i don't think you know it but there are a lot of exams even for kids who learn english as a second language. when i was about 9 years old i was taking one of those exams and i had to write an essay about my summer vacations. i wanted to write that i was going to the beach but i had a spelling problem and by mistake i wrote that i was going to the bitch. i don't know if thats the reason i failed the exam...

Anon
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In the first grade , i would have spelling tests 3 times a week ...i used to study a lot for these tests ...and my mom would always say write them around your head ( as in spell them out in your head) ... i thought that she meant write the words on your skull ...so every day after studying i would get a pencil and lightly write everything that i had studied on my head! i thought it helped!

Naz
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when i was little i thaught the bit in the alphabet song, where it goes LMNOP
actually want ENNEL MENNEL BEE

im going to the movies now
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I was confused by words with similar pronunciation or spelling.

- cavalry vs. Calvary (Did they take Jesus to a horse? And what did Jesus have to do with war and the armed forces? I was baffled.)
- prostate vs. prostrate (When I read sentences about men lying prostrate on the floor, I thought that one of their organs had been dismembered and tossed to the floor. Horrifying!)
- Andes vs. Alps vs. Appalachians vs. Adirondacks (Were these different names for the same mountain range? Then I thought maybe all mountain ranges started with the letter 'A'.)
- Mozart vs. Michelangelo (With so many similarities, I didn't realize they were different people. Both were men, and long dead, and European, and artistic.)
- Einstein vs. Edison (Hmmm. Both scientists of a sort...but it didn't help that one made discoveries about the speed of _light_ and the other invented _light_ bulbs.)

Kevin Wiatrowski from Colorado, USA
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When I watched Countdown when I was little, I thought there were such words as LJTEBDOFV and DLBAECGUV. They weren't, but letters that Carol put on the board for the word games.

H
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My cousin walks up to my grandmother and myself and said "I can spell trashcan, B.F.I." We both bust in to laughter and then try to explain to her that B.F.I. is a company, not the way you spell trashcan.
That same cousin also thought sec. (as in second)and sex were the same word.

Anon
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At my primary school we had to take it in turns to read part of a story out of a book, and then we'd go through some of the longer words and say what they meant. During my turn, I came across the word "cupboard". I didn't know that cupboard was spelt like that, so I pronounced it as "cup board". The teacher asked me if I knew what it meant, and I said it was a board that you hung cups on, and that we had one at home. Oh, the shame.

lu
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When I was small I thought that the L,M,N,O,P part of the ABC's really was "Elliot went pee". I have no earthly idea why but that is what I thought until I was singing one day and my mother informed me otherwise.

Manna
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When I was young, I clearly didn't have all of the language skills that I do now, so I was often frustrated by the fact that I could not spell many words. I thought that in order for a vowel to say its name, the word had to have an "e" in it. Thus, I would spell a word like "cold" as "coled." Also, I would write notes to my mom using only the first letters of each word because it was easier, and I was sure she would understand what I ment. Thus, if I wanted to say "I made my bed and I love you" it would read "I M M B A I L Y." I cannot imagine why she never asked me about this.

Anonymous
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I always loved the stories about "Winnie the Poo" when i was younger, though i didnt quite understand why he had such a nasty name.

Morten Vestergaard
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When I first heard the alphabet, I thought it went a b c d e f g h i j k elameno p, q r s etc. I thought elameno was one long letter. I imagined it would look kind of like an 8 on its side... Don't ask

Annonymous
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I used to believe that I had created the word "lesbian" when I was in the 4th grade. I had never heard the word before and used it in naming a landform (i.e. Lesbian Lake) for a social studies assignment involving naming your own country and creating mountain ranges, bodies of water, and cities within the country. I had thought of the word "Lebanese" and turned the letters around because "lesbian" sounded like something important and creative...only my teacher did not see it that way, and made a big deal out of it (since she was not a nice teacher anyway). In front of the entire class, she made me look up the word, and (no kidding) in my dictionary, it said "homo". I was laughed at for days. Gotta love paranoid people in the 1980's.

Victoria
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When I first learned the alphabet, I came to the conclusion that some letters were composed of several letters; like B ("Bee"), C ("Cee"), D ("Dee"), F ("Eff"), etc. I ended up thoroughly confusing my mom.

Espen
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I use to think that the abc's went like this: abcdefghijk im a little p qrst..etc

April
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When I was learning the alphabet, i got mixed up in the middle and went; Lema nema pee... insead of L M N O P

Lemon
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