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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.
Up until I was 10 or 11, I thought the word anonymous was 'annoymous'.
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.
when i was about ten, my parents bought tickets to see the musical version of 'les miserables.' i was so upset that they weren't bringing me, that i wrote my mom a very angry note and pinned it on her bedroom door. she saw the note, and started laughing, which incensed me even more. when she showed me the note and why she was laughing, i understood, but became even more enraged. in my blind fury, instead of writing 'i HATE you' i had written 'i HAT you'. how's that for being a mean kid?
i used to believe that cursive was another launguage, and that you learned how to read it when you grew up. I would always make squiggly lines on paper and ask my mom what it said.
I used to think that Popeyes was spelt Pope Yes and I never understood that Pop Eyes and Pope Yes were the same restaurant and I was like "Can we go to Pope Yes?"
Mom received a stuffed Snoopy as a baby shower gift for me, so I was destined to be a Snoopy fan. As such, Snoopy was one of the first words I remember writing. I would spell it S-N-O-O-P because that's how it sounds, snoo-p. Boy did I feel stupid when I learned I was wrong. I tried to hide that I didn't know before by secretly adding the Y to previously written SNOOP's.
I used to think "alphabet" was spelled abcde etc.
I used to believe that the word believe was spelled beleive
When I was little I already knew how to read, and was incapable of talking without spelling out the words in my head (and still am). So, naturally, I thought 'tongue' was spelled T-U-N-G. Then when I was asked to read a book at the library to the other children, I pronounced 'tongue' like "tung-yoo", then the lady corrected me and said "Tongue."
I used to think that letters each had their own personalities, and that the small letters were baby versions of big letters. A was a girl, and B was a boy for some reason. Q was an O that had a penis. My child imagination was really strange!
I used to not be able to pronouce the "-rette" in ciggerette so I said ciggasette, to to this day I can't spell ciggarette
when i was in kidergarten we were learning to spell numbers and letters. I thought i did real good on the test, because my mom got called into met with the teacher. they had to expalin to me why i couldnt spell six "sex" as i thought was the right way to spell it
For some reason I used to see the letters of the alphabet as having genders.
A, D, H, K, M, N, O, P, Q, S, U, V, W, and Y are all girls.
B, C, E, F, G, I, J, L, R, T, X and Z are all boys.
What am I saying, "used to"? I still see them this way....
I used to think that L M N O P was part of the alphabet song only and they were not letters but "enomenopee" and that was part of the lyrics to make it ryme with Q R S T U V
I used to believe that the word "little" had five letters. Maybe it was because most of the letters in it were thin, or because the two t's blended together. Writing "litle" always looked wrong to me, but I didn't know why.
When I was starting school, one of my first 'tough' spelling words was 'selfish'. As I was studying in the living room, I looked up at my Dad and asked him what kind of fish a 'selfish' was...
I learned how to read before I learned what the letters were called, so when I went to school and they taught us that alphabet song I asked how to spell the letters.
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 remember asking my Mama if there were two "N"s in the alphabet: the first one falling between "M" and "O" and the other one between "Y" and "Z". Singing the alphabet, the "and" always sounded like an "N" to me :) Now I understand that there is only one!