What stupid things have you believed/said/assumed before finding out to your embarrassment you were wrong?

(412 Posts)
CookieRookie Sat 27-Aug-11 13:38:38

Could do with a laugh today

Here's mine...

1 - I thought a filet mignon was something presented on fire, you know with brandy or something...a flamin yon blush

2 - I thought rollmops where called roll 'em ups because they're rolled up but I was kind of right with that one.

Not hilarious, though dh did laugh at me til he was nearly sick, but I'm hoping some of you have much better, more embarrassing ones.

amazingmumof6 Sat 01-Jun-13 17:05:00

<threadkiller even>

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Sat 01-Jun-13 23:50:11

Oh lord, amazingmumof6 I didn't realise that about flesh/meat/muscle either!

YY to the Batman logo being yellow teeth too!

I was singing to my ds earlier and my dh had the revelation right in front of me that the 'Mow' in 'One man went to mow...' song wasn't a place, but a verb. He just kept shaking his head saying '37 years and I always thought he was going to a place called Mow... I thought it must be in Somerset...'

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Sat 01-Jun-13 23:51:47

The roadsign one is a bit of a revelation too...

My own, very late contribution, a friend of mine thought Dún Laoghaire was pronounced Done le whore.

Another very clever friend refused to believe that gravid wasn't someone being serious.

Up until I was 5 or 6 I scanned crowds at pelican crossings as my mum said we couldn't cross until the green man came blush. I also used to cling tightly to the pipe on the wall next to the toilet at home as I was convinced I would be sucked down the loo if I didn't. grin

TakingTheStairs Wed 05-Jun-13 10:19:59

Just for those of you that don't speak Irish, Dún Laoghaire (as mentioned in flummoxed's post) is pronounced "Dun-leary" in English or "doon - lair - ah" in Irish.

4handbags Thu 25-Jul-13 18:06:42

I always thought Scotch Corner was on the England/Scotland border
I always thought eunuch was pronounced oonch

DumSpiroSpero Thu 25-Jul-13 18:11:26

Insisting to the bloke I fancied as he did his crossword that there was a mountain range called the urinals (Urals) was not one of my finer moments blush .

mooseisabunny Thu 25-Jul-13 19:04:46

I thought until very recently cat scratching posts were for cats to rub themselves on to relieve an itch. Whoops :S

DaleyBump Tue 30-Jul-13 19:19:19

When I was wee and helping my mum do the shopping, she would ask me to get her, for example, "a couple of tomatoes". I didn't know what a couple meant, and she told me it was two. When she asked me for "a few carrots", I didn't know what a few was, so she told me three.

Up until I was 16, whenever I asked for a few of something and was given more than three I corrected them and told them that they had given me too many, I only wanted three blush

alicetrefusis Wed 21-Aug-13 12:47:26

My mother thought 'portakabin' was pronounced 'pour-take-a-bin'

I'll guarantee you won't get that out of your heads now!

Snatchoo Thu 29-Aug-13 14:37:48

DH still insists that a couple is about three and a few no more than five.

Many, many times I have told him that we are a couple - ie, two of us!

BogStandardOldWoman Thu 29-Aug-13 18:01:31

Mac-I still thought that about the wombles being common. Until I read your post. Smacks self on head!

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