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I used to think facade was spelled f-a-s-o-d.
I used to think that Sioux Indians were pronounced "Syox" it wasn't until I was around 18 that I realised the pronunciation is "Soo". I'm Australian so what would I know!
When I was little and had been taught the Alphabet Song, but before I could read I thought that LMNOP (el-lem-en-opie) was one letter because of the way they're run together in the song. I still think of them that way when I'm trying to remember letter order. I'm 38.
I remember singing the alphabet and being confused that the letter "S" was in there twice; "q-r-s-t-u-v, w-s-y and z...
I always used to spell 'They' 'Thay'. When I was in year one, my teacher was marking my book and told me the correct way of spelling 'They'. I was very upset (I almost cried!) and argued my case like hell, and I was certain I would win, but I didn't. It shoud be spelt phonetically in my opinion. But you just wait. I'll get my revenge on teachers in Britain.....MUWAH HA HA HA HA
I used to believe that the word "strawberry" was actually spelt "BBBB". Why? Because my sister used to pronounce it "Forby".
When I was seven we were in class and were asked to do a book review. I went up to the teacher - a nun - and asked her how to spell "so shitty". She asked me to repeat what I wanted which I duly did to her horror and she told me to sit down. I then went back to her and told her the rest of the title of the book which was Secret Seven. The word was society - as in Secret Seven Society by Enid Blyton - but I had never heard the word society pronounced, I had only read it!
For years my friend John and I would hang out in back of the library under a sign "NO LOITERING".
One day, (we were 17) I threw down a candy wrapper. John said "Hey- don't break the rules. There's no loitering here".
I said "What do you think that sign means?"
"Well, why do you think it is spelled that way?"
"I don't know- I thought it was a fancy way of saying "No Littering".
I beleived up until I was about 15 that there were two words for forehead: forehead and forrid. I blame this on living in Essex.
My letter E always had far too many lines in it. I used to think that the E was actually a ladder, and I needed more "rungs" to help people climb it.
When I was at school I learned the alphabet as Aay Bee Cee Dee etc, my cousin [a year younger] was taught the phonetic alphabet Ah Buh Cuh Duh etc she asked me if I could say the alphabet so I started saying A B c, but she stopped me because she didn't know the capital letters [i.e uppercase] alphabet ...
Speaking of which I heard a kid in a shop asking his mother what "re-dock-ed" meant, he pointed to the signs sayign "reduced" and spelled it out using the phonetic alphabet, and indeed it did say re-dock-ed when spelled phonetically ...
When my son was learning to sing the alphabets it always came this way. i,j,k,elephantpee, q,r,s........
When I was two and learning the alphabet I always wondered why there was only one of every letter exept "n", which was in there twice.
...W, X, Y, N, Z.
when i was a baby,my mom read me a story with a happy elephant and after that i thought "happy"was how you said elephant
I used to believe the phrase 'whet your appetite' was 'wet your appetite' and that a 'pep talk' was a 'pet talk'
When I was growing up, my sisters and I were not allowed to "pee" or "poop, we always had to do #1 or #2, so when I started school and had to learn the alphabet, I thought when we said L, M, N, O, P that we were really saying "elemental P" as in an something to do with "elementary school".
I used to belive there were two N's in the alphabet, one after M and one before Z.
I can't believe how many other posters use to believe the same thing as me. When I was really little I also used to believe that the alphabit had elemento as one big letter. Somehow a t got in their, and whenever I heard the alphabit song I thought it was elemento instead of l-m-n-o.
When I was young, I thought that in the alphabet in between the letters "Y" and "Z", that there was another "N", so I figured it was the Spanish "N" with the tilde over it.
When I was little, a boy at my babysitter's house told me that his mamma wanted him to make straight A's. I tried and tried but I couldn't understand that was possible since two of the lines that made up an "A" were slanted.