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When I first visited Greece,I heard people saying 'ela' which means: "come on" or "come here." I thought they all knew my name and were calling out to me since
I'm called Ella.
I used to believe that my mum's real name was actually mum, and whenever someone called her Janine I would always have to pipe up and correct them!
This was one of my best mates beliefs up until very recently (we are now 24)
One day we were speaking and she said something that she hadn't meant to at which point I said of you've made a Fruedian Slip. She didn't know what this was so started explaining to her do you know who Sigmund Frued is - She said ' Isn't that the guy with the White Tiger from Las Vegas'
Needless to say I nearly fell over laughing and then proceeded to explain to her that she has gotten confused with Sigfried and Roy - I told her who they were and then she said - ' what ? There's 2 guys ? I always thought that 'Roy' was the Tiger....funniest thing I have ever heard in my life.
My older brother used to be really obsessed with dinosaurs, bursting out the scientific names at a young age. When I was 3 or 4 he would call me 'Meredithipithicus'; as in a made-up dinosaur. But because I so often was called this I actually thought it was my name! I went to a store and some lady asked me what my name was. I told her very seriously that my name was 'Meredithipithicus'
When I was a kid, I always noticed that adults and children seemed to have different sorts of names, and it wasn't common for adults to have the same name as a kid. I thought that was because there were kid names and grown-up names, and everyone would receive a new name when they became an adult, so I always wondered what mine would be
I used to believe that any word that sounded good could be a name. This had unfortunate side effects-my brother got ill and had to have medicine. I asked my mum what it was, and she said it was called Paracetamol.
Guess what happens next..
I loved the name Paracetamol. My grandma bought me a new toy horse. I named it Paracetamol.
(When she asked why, I said
"Because it's never been called anything else!", which I guess was true :)
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.
I used to believe that some first names were specifically for children and some were specifically for adults.
I was the oldest child and the only girl in a family with four children. We traveled across a certain road quite often with our parents. Along this road was a hand-painted sign that said "Fill Wanted", asking for people to dump unwanted rock and soil to fill in a low, wet area on someone's property. After passing the sign one day, my middle brother, who had recvently acheived the milestone of reading, asked, "WHO is Fill (Phil)???"
When I started 1st grade, a girl told me her middle name was Marie, which is also my middle name. Because of this, I thought everyone in the world had the same middle name so I used to greet my brother by saying "Hi Daniel Marie!"
He still gets mad at me when I call him that
I used to believe that anonymous was a person, and I thought, "Gee, this person writes a LOT of poems!"
I used to get mad at some people who went to my church because they named their son Brad and my brother's name was Brad as well. Since my brother was older, I thought it was rude of them to use his name, because he had it first. I was truly convinced everyone in the world had a unique first name and that this was some kind of law.
When I was young, my mom always used to say "I have to do some errands." I have a younger brother named Aaron. So I used to think we were going out to do some "Aarons" and always jealously wondered if we would ever do some "Sandras."
Up until recently I thought Dame Edna was really a woman - imagine my shock when I opened a magazine that had an interview with his wife!!
What's even more shocking is the fact that I'm 26!
I used to belive that John Travolta's name is Johntra Volta
I was reading a letters page from a magazine one day and I noticed a lot of letters from a person called Name Witheld and I commented to my younger brother that this poor lady must have had a very tough life.
I used to think people with old-lady sort of names (Helen, Betty, Betsy, etc) would age twice faster than anybody else. I also felt special because my name was a young-ish sort of name!
In our class were two girls called Emma who, for clarity, were known as "Emma" and "Em". I was a very proper little kid, and was highly offended when everyone started singing a song about their urinary functions - they were nice girls!
It went "A B C D E F G, H I J K
Em and Emma pee......."
When I was little, my dad had a friend named Theresa. He always talked about her and about what a good-hearted person she was. Thing is, she lived in another state so I never met her. I only heard my dad talking about how kind and caring she was. So I concluded that she was in fact Mother Theresa.
When I was little, I thought that babies were born with a metal name tag. I'm not sure when I discovered that was not true. It may have been when my mother showed me her list of baby names, and told me how she picked mine.