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In kindergarten, there was a boy with a quite uncommon name. I felt so sorry for him, because he had a name that (as I thought) didn't even exist!
When I was a teenager, I used to believe that someone's name-day occured as half-birthday.
I used to believe that the name Giselle was pronounced "gazelle"
When I was young I used to believe that Princess Diana died because her name was Diana. (like Die+Anna)
I thought that anyone called Diana would die young and I couldn't understand why anyone would want to name their child a name with the word Die in it
When I was younger I had a book of poems that my parents used to read me. A few of the poems said they were written by 'anon' (anonymous) - I thought 'anon' was the name of a famous poet! A few years later my teacher asked me who my favourite poet was and I told her "Anon. I like Anon. I think he's very talented"
She had to explain to me what Anon actually meant...
I used to think that every country had a queen or king, and I thought that George bush was the king of America.
I used to believe that i was the only person with the name Freddy, and when i met another boy named Freddy, i got upset because i thought he stole my name!
I used to think there was a name that was spelled "Shopan" and pronounced that way and a different name spelled "Chopin" but pronounced "Choppin", like choppin' wood.
I saw the name "Chopin" in books at the library and I heard "Shopan" being said out loud on the radio, but i didn't realize those were the same name, until someone asked me what my favorite music was. She said she liked "Shopan"'s piano music and i said i liked piano music too, but I've only heard "Choppin"'s music. She laughed and told me the whole thing!
I used to think that you had to change your name when you got older, because i never saw any kids named Bertha or Sharon or any adults named Zoe or Ryan or something like that. I thought I was special because my name could be both a "kid" and "grown up" name so i didn't have to change it. I believed this until i met a walmart employee named zoey!
I thought you had to change your name to Mom or Dad when you have kids because that's what I thought my parents names were.
When i was at walmart, i saw an employee at the checkout counter and i looked at the name there that says "La-a" on it and I pronounced it la uh but she told me it was pronounced ladasha. The dash isn't silent.
I used to think Freud was pronounced frood, and that "Froid" was a separate person with a different name!
I thought Euler was pronounced yooler, instead of oiler.
I used to think Anon was a person's name.
I thought Hall and Oates was Holland Oats.
I used to believe Johann Sebastian Bach was Joe-hann Sebastian "batch"
I used to believe that beethoven's first name was beethoven. I was proven wrong in 4th grade.
Me and my brother used to believe that Beethoven's first name was Bay and his middle name was Toven, because we had only heard his name out loud and never read his name in a book before. We would always wonder what his last name was and why he was only called by his first and middle names, until we asked our mom what his last name was and she explained the whole thing to us.
I used to believe that the name Hans was pronounced "hands"
I used to think Ellen Degeneres was Ellen The Generous. I figured that even today, people could be known with cool, old-timey epithets.