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up untill i was about 5, i thought my mum and dads names were... mum and dad!!!

Leah Goodman
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I used to think that when you became an adult (at about the age of 13) you had to change your name to an 'adult' name. This was because I had never met an adult with the same name as my kiddy friends, or vice-versa. It seemed very plausible.

I think this was made worse by asking my mum how old people were when they changed their names, and what adult name I would like to have. Misunderstanding me (she thought I didn't like my name and wanted to legally change it) she told me it could only happen when I was grown up.

Amy
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My sister Rosie used to think that 'letters after your name' meant that the Queen sent you letters. And you had to run away from them.
Strange.

Katrina
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My one son Conlan (who was four) was trying to get his twin brother, Torin's, attention one day by repeating his name over and over: "Torin, Torin, Torin, etc." When Torin ignored him, Conlan started shouting "Mister Torin, Mister Torin, etc." because that how you got your teacher's attention. I just laughed and said, "Conlan, it's just regular Torin." So then Conlan started to shout, "Reglar Torin, Reglar Torin, Reglar Torin!!!!!" (incorrect spelling intentional)

Ann Y.
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I used to believe that all of my my Dad's job personalized his tape measure that he took to work. Little did I know that STANLEY was just the brand name.

Erin G
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I thought the name Phillip was actually spelled "Fill Up"

Natasha H
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I used to believe Al Pachino was one word and a last name. Like Frank Alpachino or something instead of the actor. It makes sense right?

Anon
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When I was really little I used to believe that everyone in the world had a different name. We had a family friend name Ben. One day I was at the grocery store with my mom and the name of the person at the checkout counter was also Ben. My mom told me this, and I burst into tears, crying "There not be TWO Bens!!" (The poor grocer was wondering what was so upsetting about his name.)
That was when I learned the truth.

Erika
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I remember when I was a kid Princess Diana died and I remember her being called "the princess of whales." So I thought that when you became a princess you got to choose an animal.I always wondered why she had picked whales..

Elizabeth
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up until I was 4 years old I thought my mum's name was 'Mummy', just because that was what all the grown ups around me used to call her. That poor woman...

Anon
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When my mother used to talk about Princess Diana, she usually referred to her as Princess Di. I thought she was talking about some sort of evil vampire (Princess "Die") and wondered why people always mentioned how kind and wonderful Princess "Die" used to be.

I found out years later that Di was short for Diana, which made a lot more sense to me! ;)

Anon
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I had a best friend named Jessica when I was little, and I swore she was really Jessie from Pokemon in disguise. She thought I was crazy, and so did my teachers as I had assured them that she really wanted to kidnap their Pokemon!

Kristin
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I used to think everyone in the world knew my name. I was surprised when people asked me what my name was. I figured they should all know me.

Anon
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Trainee is a person's name

Pris
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When my sister and I were little, we used to play "friend". One of us would walk up to the other and say something like "hi friend" and we would go back and forth talking completely normal, except we used the word friend instead of a name. We thought that's how you talked to your friends!

KT
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When I was a kid I believed that everyone was given a new first name when they became an adult. It just seemed to me that kids had different names than adults.

John
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when I was in grade 3, about 7 years old, we had Religious Instruction class.I was told I was a Catholic but I had never heard this word. I thought I was a Catholic because my surname started with "C". I knew that Catholic was bad as all my friends were Anglican,whether or not their surname started with "A"

Anon
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On a few occasions I'd perused a newspaper and, in an article about the army, noticed that many people had names such as "Pte Johnson". Not knowing that Pte was an abbreviation for "private", I assumed that they were all named Pete but for one reason or another their parents misspelled it on their birth certificate. It then followed logically that this was why there were so many people with this name in the army -- if they had parents with such basic skills as the ability to correctly spell Pete, they may have been able to get a job doing something else.

Jim, UK
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I thought that when people got married, they just chose whatever surname in the world they wanted. I often wondered why they had chosen such a long and hard to spell one for our family!

Margo
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When I was very young, I believed that my parents actual names were "mum" and "dad".

Margo
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