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When I was about 5 years old we used to visit my dad's family in a province called "Michoacan". The word "Mi", in spanish, means "My", so I thought "Choacan" was owned by my father. Every summer I kept asking my dad to take us to his "Choacan"... Everybody laughed really hard, and it took several years for me to understand why, despite repeated attempts to explain it to me!
When I was in second grade our teacher taught us "I before E except after C". I always imagined a world where I walked in front of E except when C came along, than it had to walk behind E. I imagined them with arms and legs walking on the sidewalk. I had no idea it had to with spelling and always wondered why the teacher repeated it.
When I was in kindergarten I was proud that I could spell my name. I showed my teacher a drawing that I had signed, and she told me to "use a capital letter." I wasn't sure what she meant, but since I lived in Madison, the capitol of Wisconsin, I drew a picture of the Capitol building behind my name.
I thought that the letters of the alphabet could be spelled and I would ask my older sister how to spell "B" (I thought "bee") or "S" (I thought "ess"). I thought that everything had to be spelled.
I never understood why booger wasn't spelled like sugar.
When I was little I told my parents that I knew how to spell the word light. When they asked me how I told them it was "O-N-O-F-F". They were mystified until they realized that I had been reading the letters printed on the lightswitch!
I used to think that schedule was written as 'scegual'. Made sense to me.
For some reason, when in Grade 4, i was near one of the kindergarden classrooms and absentmindedly started counting the number of alphabets as the kids were learning the letters loud.. "a,b,c,d...x,y,and,z"..
I was shellshocked to see my 27th finger come up and was deeply upset about not knowing all the alphabets. After several hours of anguish, i fished out the missing link.
When I went to kindergarten, I was very insistent that the alphabet was ..H,I,J,K,elemental P..
I used to think there were two of the letter "n" in the alphabet. When you are taught the alphabet, you go by the sound. So when you sing the abc song there's "l,m,n,o,p" then you get to "x,y,and z". Well, I always thought people were saying, "x,y,n,z". It took me awhile to figure that one out.
One of my children used to believe that the Pulitzer Prize was spelled Pullet Surprise
Cursive didn't have anything to do with the normal alphabet. You just started with something that looked like a letter and scribbled a little.
I'm from Texas, originally, so you can imagine some of my family has a southern accent/drawl.
In elementary school, we had spelling tests where the teacher would call out ten words and we would try to spell them to see if we knew them by sound, alone.
I turned in my test one day and the teacher asked to see me a little later when she was grading. I'd written "hell" on my test sheet, and she asked why, and I told her, "That's what you said!", and then proceeded to say "hail", thinking of the southern drawl pronunciation for "hell".
She about killed herself laughing.
Before I could read, I would play with my mother's typewriter. I understood the concept that letters formed words but thought that ANY combination of letters would spell out a word. I would type a jumble of letters, take the paper out of the typewriter, and handing it to my parents, ask them what it said. Of course, I always spelt out something very profound.
I learned in 3rd grade that (missus) was spelled Mrs. I went home and bet my older brother a "million dollars" that mississippi started with Mrs. I lost and he never let me forget that!
one time in school, aged about seven, i was looking at the 11 year old kids' work on the wall. i always had a knack for spelling and i was disgusted to spot spelling errors in the work on the wall. i thought children of that age should really be able to spell perfectly, they'd had long enough to learn...
When we were learning the alphabet at school the teacher used to make us sing the alphabet song, where the letters "L,M,N,O,P" are all sung quickly together. For some reason I thought that we were singing "elemental P!" What's most odd is that i knew the word "elemental" before I understood the alphabet!
I used to believe that if I had spelled a word incorrectly that it wasn't me who was wrong but that someone had changed the spelling for that word. A particular one that sticks in my mind is an argument I had with my mum about how "from" used to be spelt "form" and how could I possibly be expected to get it right if they keep changing it.
I used to think that when you wrote in cursive you didn't just join letters in a word together - I thought you could join all the words together too. I refused to believe my mother when she corrected me on that.
I used to think that the end of the alphabet song ('Next time, won't you sing with me') was 'Next time, won't you sing with cheese.'