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I was about 6 and my mum and I were on our way home from the movies. Well, it was pretty late, and as we passed a store, I saw a sign in the window that read "Store Hours..." I read it aloud "Store WHORES". Well, that's what I thought it was. Needless to say, my mum made me promise never to repeat it again

audrey
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Up until I was about 10 or so, I thought "the F word" was a reference to the word fart.

I was always told I wasn't allowed to say fart because I was a girl. So, one day in the grocery store, I looked at my mom and said, "Mom, when can I say the F word?" A woman looked at my mom and scowled and walked away briskly. I totally embarrassed her.

Sara
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Until I was about 9 or 10 yeas old my mum convinced me that ironing was a swear word just because she hated doing it!

Jade
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not really a belief, but when I was little my friend told me he liked to make up words, so I decided to try it. On my first attempt I came up with the F word. I was playing with blocks in the living room and blurted it out right in front of both my parents, like, "Hey, look what I made". The memory of how angry they got keeps me from swearing to this day (Junior in high school).

Andy
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I thought that "caucus" was a bad word (not sure where I heard that word as a kid, but whatever) it took ages for me to get up the courage to ask my mom if it really was, as I was afraid I'd get in a lot of trouble if it turned out to be something really offensive

Darth Carrietta
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When I was little my dad told me that it wasn't nice to say butt. So one day in the car my dad was talking and he said "...but I had to" After hearing this, I immediatly said, "Daddy don't say Butt, it's a bad word." He then had to explain to me that there were two kinds of but(t)s. hmm..?

but or not two butts that is the question...?
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I used to think that "pussy" only meant being a wimp, my mom was real mad when i called her one and had to explain it to me.

Dyslexic
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When I was young, I was told never to swear. So for a long time afterward, I got very offended when I heard someone say "I swear..."

C.
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my cousin believes "brat" is a curse word (she's 5)
when we were at our grandma's,my brother called someone a brat,and she went up and told me that my brother had just called someone "a very bad word" ha ha

Anon
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When I was about 5 or 6 I asked my mom why people called African Americans "the n-word". She said and I quote:

"Oh, it's because they're always nigging you for money"

I believed that until I was in the 9th grade.

Guy
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when I was very little, I used to believe "bum" was a bad word. This was because my grandmother was from england. since they say "bum" and not "butt". I figured bum was equvilant to ass

debbie
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I wound up thinking shoot was a bad word because it's what my parents said instead of sh*t when they were around us.

Adessa
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We were *not* allowed to say "pee" when I was growing up. My mother told us it was a swear word, and we were to use "piddle." When ever I would hear someone say pee, I would get really embarassed.

taliba
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I used to call fish sticks 'fish dicks.' (It really sounds like that!) Of course I didn't know what a dick was, but I knew it made all the adults laugh every time I said it, so I just kept saying it over and over intentionally to get them roaring.

Heather C
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I used to believe that sexual terms were bad words. I remember my friends and I would go into the girls' bathroom and whisper stuff like, "Vagina! Sperm! Periods!".

Imagine how shocked we were when the lady teachers taught us girls about periods and whatnot in fourth grade.

Jessica Tinch
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When my parents argued they would accidentally say "God-d***-it!" and I would immediately envision God building a dam in the "River of problems" so that they would stop flowing.

James
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When I was in 3rd grade Catholic school, one day after lunch we were runnignt o the playground and on the walkway were the letters FUC in professional spray painted block letters. I knew from my classes that it was not a word because there was no E at the end or any other letter. I ignored it. The next day someone had scrawled a "K" at the end. I read it eff...you...seee....kay....fuck. It made no sense since it was not a word. A teacher's aid heard me and yanked me to the principal's office (where I heard Nuns used whips with a metal rin on the end to punish you with). No one was there so I was released not knowing what I did. I heard the word the next time about 3 years later and thought I had invented it. I took credit for it and was so adamant about it I convinced others I invented it too.

Robert
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I thought that "fool" and "What in the World?" and "crap" where ultra-vulgar words.

Anon
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At the age of nine, I was helping my dad fix the plumbing behind a wall. After dropping his wrench down the inside of the wall he swore, I was so shocked that I exclaimed hiw I didn't even know he knew that word!

Juliana
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I used to believe b*tch was just a regular word for a female dog because a book about dogs was the first context I found it in.

That was ruff
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