I used to think rape was just holding people down by force onto a hard object. So I screamed that I was being raped when I was being restrained at school and disciplined onto a mat.
I used to think that if you gave prison guards enough money, they had to let your friends out, and the police couldn't arrest them again unless they committed another crime. It always seemed to work that way in TV shows.
I used to think that when you read letters to counsellors in children's magazines, saying 'I don't like my mum's boyfriend' or whatever, it meant that they had bad taste in something that they didn't agree on, like not agreeing on the same food or watching the same TV show, before knowing now that it usually means stuff about
I thought at all prisons they never let the prisoners out of their cells. Once you went to prison, you didn't see the outside of your cell until your sentence was up.
I used to think that a "mafia" and a "gang" were the same thing except for what gender made up each one: A mafia being for girls, and a gang being for boys. Since the word "mafia" sounds like a girls' name, while the word "gang" sounds less feminine and therefore more like a boy's name, this belief made perfect sense to me and i believed it until middle school.
When I first heard of "The Five Families" of New York when my parents were watching the news, I thought a crime family was a literal family like a mom, dad, and kids, who all committed crimes together.
When I was little, i thought a "loan shark" was a literal shark. I remember hearing my parents talking about loan sharks and thought they were going to get bitten by a shark if they didn't pay any money.
When i first heard someone talk about "ripping somebody off", i thought it meant they literally ripped the person's skin off their body.
I used to think the sound of a heavy church bell was meant to be the chime of doom, and that God was ringing it himself as a ghost. Grim but still funny.
Judging by the sound of the word, I used to think an asylum was where everyone had to be silent. Well, it is a type of prison!
For some reason, I used to think it was illegal to make up stories in your head, without writing them down on paper!
I used to believe that copying definitions out of a book counted as plagiarism!
My mother has this friend whose last name is Stalker, so when I heard people talking about stalkers, I thought they meant my mom's friend and people related to her.
I used to believe that if you “burnt” a cd on to ITunes on your computer, so you could listen to it on your IPod, you were violating copyright rules.
As a kid I didn't realize the severity of getting arrested. I though it was like time-out but for grown-ups; so I figured pretty much everyone went to jail at least once in their lives. I was shocked when I asked my parents if they had ever been to jail and they said no.
when i was little i thought the word "prostitute" meant "prosecutor" and in seventh grade i was on the bus and I yelled really loudly HEY JAKE ISN'T YOUR DAD A PROSTITUTE!
I asked my mom if there were still pirates, like in "Peter Pan." She said, no all the pirates had been caught and put in jail. So I believed that if you went down to the county jail, the cells would be full of pirates (complete with eye patches, peg legs, etc.).
When I was younger (4-7?, I'm 13 now), I used to believe that serial killers hid in your cereal box and jumped and killed you when you opened the box. So, after hearing the word 'serial killer', I refused to eat cereal for several weeks.
When I was a kid, every time the lights in our house would dim, I thought another prisoner on death row was being electrocuted. Just like in the movies.