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For years, whenever I read about the Greeks forming the original alphabet in my grammar/English books, an odd scene popped up in my mind.
It involved 50-odd people in togas standing in a huge building. They'd divide into groups of two or three and go into seperate rooms. From there, they'd start sketching letters from the modern-day alphabet on pieces of paper, altering and changing them until they were satisfied (I always imagined that the people who came up with L were really lazy). I still think about this scene to this day.
I don't know how long I thought this, but I thought the part of the alphabet that goes "l m n o p" was really "elemenno p" , and i thought P was the most special letter because it had a word in front to describe it.
I used to believe that there were two words; impossible and inpossible. Impossible things could not be done while inpossible things were the opposite. Obviously those things are just possible.
I used to believe that TLC just stood for The Learning Channel (we have a satellite), and not also for tender loving care.
I have always been a notoriously bad speller even though I was a straight A honors kid (which was pretty hard to pull off before the days of spell checker.) I would have to rely on people helping me to spell but there was one word that frustrated me. I would ask a million times if "title" had two 't's" in it and everyone would say yes. Yet whenever I wrote "tiTTle" I would be marked down for spelling.
Not long after when I first learnt to write, I believed that because I was left handed, and everyone else used their opposite hand, that I had to write the opposite way (all my letters were backwards, and I wrote right to left across the page)
Apparently I would hand in my work written backwards, and when the teacher failed to understand what on earth it said, I would happily read it out as if it were normal.
A friend of mine believed that your handwriting was based on the pen you used, so she would try to steal her mother's pen because her handwriting was really neat.
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...
When i was really small, i used to believe that if you wanted to put a word in the dictionary then you had to que up and then tell a man at a little table what the word was. If they liked it, your word got put in the dictionary, if not you got thrown out!
In my early stages of reading, I thought the "Not a through street" street signs said "Not a tough street" and no bullies were allowed to live there.
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.
I usde to believe that 'camembert cheese' was actually 'common bear cheese'.
I used to think elemeno was one letter, so when my preschool teacher was teaching us letters, I remember raising my hand and asking, "What about elemeno?" I also thought it was Y-and because of the song.
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 distinctly remember thinking in elementary school that there was an English word 'ol', as in "I ol go to the store this afternoon" or "They ol be surprised when they see this".
I used to think that cursive writing was something terribly complicated; a secret language that adults used so kids could not read their secrets.
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
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 I was a kid I believed that if I ate cereal I would be a cereal killer.
When my friend was 6 she used to misspell heroine as "heroine". She'd once written, "My favorite thing about movies is the heroin" in her essay, and then her parents were called to explain the situation.