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When I was just learning to read, I thought the "No Loitering" sign said "No Lottering" as in playing the lottery and people who bought lottery tickets couldn't go there to wait for the numbers to be announced.

At another point, I was positive the word "loitering" had to do with some kind of inappropriate or obscene behavior. I'm not sure exactly what, but it just sounded that way to me.

K.
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when i was little i thought "done" was spelled "dun"
and up until 9th grade i thought "beetles" as in the bug was spelled "beatles" i didn't look right to me to spell it with 2 e's

jill
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When I learned that you do not capitalise seasons, ex summer, not Summer, I thought it was a new grammer rule, and a few years ago, you DID capitalise seasons.

Why?
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When I was younger I thought that the word 'satin' was 'satan'. My entire family is made up of Chirstians so I was very confused as to why people bought things that had 'satan' in them. Who labels that satan is in a product anyway?! I believed this until I was about 7 and I miss read it to my grandmother who laughed and told me what it really was.

Deirdre
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Once, I got really worked up because my father wouldn't tell me how to spell the letter 'u'.

Shayla
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When I was little I just learned how to spell pizza, so I would always spell pizza. One day we passed bye a plaza and for like four years i thought they spelt pizza wrong.

Shay
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When I was little and just learning to write, I thought that you could put as many lines as you wanted on a capital E. Therefore, I used to make E's with 10 or more lines coming off of them. My mom still has some of my early E's.

Anon
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When I was first taught the alphabet I thought that each letter had a spelling as in bee(b) and ef(f). I got rather upset when the teacher couldn't tell me how to spell o.

I also thought when taught about apostrophes, as in it's rather than it is, that this was some fantastic new discovery and people across the land would only now be learning of it.

Rob Fitzpatrick
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I used to belive (in preschool) there were 2 N's in the alphabet. One in H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P and at the end Y,N,Z. I never understood why they put 2 N's in the alphabet, it seemed silly.

Angie Wagner
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Until second grade I thought that the word recipe was pronounced "re-sipe". I had heard people say "reh-su-pe" but I thought that was a different word that meant exactly the same thing. I wondered why nobody ever used "re-sipe" when speaking.

Chris C.
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When my parents would give our last name to someone over the phone, they would say, "B, as in boy" continue to spell, and end with "M, as in Mary." They both did this the same way, and I heard them doing it all the time.

For years I didn't even realize that they were spelling our name; I assumed it was some sort of code.

S, as in Silly
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When I was very small I didn't grasp the concept of words and spelling. I used to write all the letters I knew in groups of four or five and ask my mom what the words slept. She would isnist I hadn't spelt anything and I could never understand why.

Anon
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Since people say "My a-b-c's" i thought everyone had their own a-b-c's

michelle argus
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I seem to remember never realizing that "frustrated" was spelt with that first R. Until I was about 15 or 16, I said "fustrated." How that happened and never was corrected, I do not know.

Amy
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When I was little, my mom had this typewriter and I believed that I could just press random buttons and it would form a story. I would type a bunch of jibberish and then go to my mom and ask her what it meant she said nothing, I did it again and asked her what it meant: nothing, I figured out by about the fifteenth time that you had to try to write a story

lauren
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You know how adults sometimes spell out words that they don't want kids to understand? Well whenever grownups did this around me I could usually figure out what they were spelling, and so the point of doing this was pretty much defeated. So I just thought spelling words was a Thing adults did sometimes, and I would spell random words as I was speaking sometimes in an attempt to sound grown-up.

k.
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I used to believe that a "No Loitering" sign was "No Littering", inexplicably spelled with a Brooklyn accent.

erin
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I used to think that the alphabet song went "L, a minnow, P". I wondered why the song was talking about tiny fish!

Aarinsky
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When me and my sister were about six and seven, we would "write cursive." Mind you, we had just begun learning how to write cursive in school. I remember writing ynynyn over and over in cursive, breaking it up into sentences and paragraphs. Thinking that whomever was reading it would know what it meant. Cause after all, that was how you wrote cursive.

Cari
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When I was young I did a cooking class, where we had to decorate a book in which we wrote all our recipes. I labelled mine 'My Cock Book'.

Kathryn
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