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In kindergarten, we believed that if you stuck up your pinky finger, that was the bad finger instead of the middle finger. This created a lot of confusion for our teachers when we said that someone stuck the 'bad finger' but we meant the pinky.

Anon
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When my sister was a baby everyone was trying to teach her to talk. My mother would always say she "shit" her diaper when she would have to change her. So one day when my sister dirtied her diaper I screamed, "Hey mom she shit her diaper!" And of course me being the big sister and her always looking up to me she had to copy my word. And the first word that came out of my little sister's mouth was shit. For awhile that was the only word she would say. And of course I couldn't understand why I would get in trouble for it and not her.

Hannah
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When I was 9, I used to believe telling somebody they were buff was a cuss word. Considering I heard it on television and had no idea what they were talking about, 6 years later, it's kind of funny.

Tiff
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When I was little I would get confused in which word was okay to say "damn" or "darn"...Of course I always used the wrong one and my dad would let me have it...Now that I am an adult I realize I was confused because damn is the word my dad always uses, however he says God d@^* .

confused no more
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When my younger sister was little (about 3 or 4) she thought saying 'shut up' was bad, so whenever someone said it she would start yelling at us.

Aly
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When I was in second grade, I was in a combination second/third grade class. Of course we idolized the third graders--they were the grownup kids, they were cool. One day at recess, they told us that if you stuck your middle finger up, you would promptly die and go to Hell. That didn't sound like a lot of fun.

When we were on vacation, I tripped and cut my middle finger. When my mom tried to get me to hold just that one up so she could put the band-aid on, I started screaming and crying and telling her I wanted to go to heaven.

Me
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When I was really little, maybe three or so, I got really into musicals. (What little kid doesn't like movies where everybody sings and dances the day away?) Anyways, one of my favorites was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but, being three, my words never really came out very well, so whenever I tried to sing along to the song, it came out "Shitty Shitty Bad Bad". When my mother told me that "Shit" was a bad word, I somehow pieced together that the entire song was about not saying bad words.

At some point, we were at the mall and some random group of teenagers started cussing. Imagine everybody's surprise when I let go of my mother's hand, strode over to the group and began my rendition of "Shitty Shitty Bad Bad".

Me
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I used to be afraid of saying "ax" because it sounded so similar to the a word, I thought if I said it, I'd get in trouble.

Stephanie
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When I Was 5 Or 6, I thought that saying curse words was really funny. I heard them from my parents and I learned most of them. I knew I couldn't say them around my parents or I would get in trouble so I did something really stupid. I would run around this circle of my kitchen, living room, and front room. When I would go through the front room I would say every swear word I knew really fast and then laugh hysterically when I ran through the other two rooms while my parents would be really confused. I would do this on average about 30 times!

Reid B.
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Back when my brother was about 7 or 8 he was playing "horse" out in the yard with his friend in our basketball net. Once his friend had missed three shots and had gotten, H, O and R, my brother exclaimed to my mother "Look! He's a hor!" (pronouncing it as whore)

my mother got embarassed and asked what it meant...after realizing it was just the game, she never said anything else

Christopher
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I used to think "farce" was a swear-word - well when you think about it it sounds like a cross "fart" and "arse" so I guess that's why I thought that

Sgt Pepper
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I used to believe that 'Pedestrian' was a bad word!

karz
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I was about 4 watching the Naked Gun movie, and Leslie Nielsen instructed someone to stick their middle finger up. I had no idea what it meant, but seeing as how everyone laughed at that scene, I kept doing it to everyone because I thought it was supposed to be funny. Everyone kept telling me not to do it, but since they couldn't explain to me why it was bad, I just kept at it.

daco_inc
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I used to think that 'harass' was a bad word. My mom would laugh when I wouldn't say it. I still don't like to say harass.

Toto
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As a child, my mother had a flower box on the front porch. She tended to be pretty foul-mouthed, and her favorite curse when frustrated was "Son of a bitch!"

For some reason, I always thought that the flower box on the front porch was the "son of a bitch."

Anon
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My dad always used to say that swearing was really bad, so whenever I swore I thought I would get arrested and taken away by a huge policeman with a big round nose. (That's what I thought they all looked like!)

Zoe
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I used to think that bastard was another word for beast so one time my friends and my dad were throwing snowballs and he was throwing a lot so I said dad you're a bastard!

sky
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when ever i watched movies i couldn't help noticing how people often used the term "son of a b**ch", except it made no sense to me because i thought they were saying "sound of a beast."

Johnny M
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When my sister and I were little, we used to think that "stupid" and "shut up" were bad words. So when we heard someone say it or if one of us said it we would say, "OOOOHH!!!! You said the S word!!!" I am now 14, and when my sister or I say those words we joke around and we say that!!!

KT
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I never believed that "p*ss" was a swear word. My friend chris tried 2 tell me when i was like 7-

me (very loudly): p*ss isn't a swear word!!!!
chris (in hushed tones): yes it is!!
me: no! its just the sound u make when ur pretending to go to the toilet!
chris: i promise, its a swear word!
me: no it isn't!!
etc.etc.
i just wouldnt believe it! (unfortunately...)

acey
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