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To ask the most basic thing you knew knew/misunderstood until adulthood - take 2

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Smotheroffive Wed 13-Mar-19 02:15:02

the last one ran out of space OP, is it too rude to do a continuation here?

Smotheroffive Wed 13-Mar-19 02:15:22

On arriving outside a pub never before visited with a car full ready for a drink, we looked for the sign to see we had arrived at the correct one, when the front passenger calls out convincingly, no, this is not 'X' pub, this is 'Fine Beers and Ales' grin grin (30 yr old)

Smotheroffive Wed 13-Mar-19 02:18:48

...and here's the OP

I feel like a completely ridiculous excuse for an adult but the other day I found out the difference between cottage pie and shepherds pie.

I am in my 30s and gobsmacked (also feel a bit stupid now it's so obvious). I genuinely thought they were the same thing.

Is there anything you discovered as an adult that was just common knowledge to everyone else? Or perhaps there's a phrase you've found out you have been saying wrong all this time etc...!

Help me feel a bit better.

Smotheroffive Wed 13-Mar-19 02:36:41

That prunes were once plums, yeah,but I remember the point I realised sultanas were white grapes, and currants black grapes.

Smotheroffive Wed 13-Mar-19 03:14:52

Calling someone Groin-y. grin

But this!!!! Bowchica lol
OH actually thought that wasps made chutney hilarious!!!

sashh Wed 13-Mar-19 03:33:20

I feel like a completely ridiculous excuse for an adult but the other day I found out the difference between cottage pie and shepherds pie.

Pre BSE they often were considered the same thing. I once asked a butcher for minced lamb (I wanted to make moussaka) he looked at me like I had three heads.

Now you go into any supermarket and you can get minced lamb, beef, pork even turkey.

ChanandlerBongsLeftShoe Wed 13-Mar-19 06:30:52

YOU BEAT ME TO IT, damn sleep grin

sweetcheeksmahoaney Wed 13-Mar-19 06:33:08

place marking 😁

ChanandlerBongsLeftShoe Wed 13-Mar-19 06:33:37

Original thread.

hugogino Wed 13-Mar-19 13:18:20

Not so long ago my Fiance convinced me that everyone has the ability to 'zoom in' with their eyes!! I spent ages trying to zoom in on the television and was fuming that no body had ever taught me how do it grin grin

Smotheroffive Wed 13-Mar-19 13:42:08

hugogino zooming in! Well that's him making fun of you,rather than you not being aware of something. I hope it was a one-off and not something he does routinely!

longtompot Wed 13-Mar-19 14:41:04

@Pinkginxx The other thread ran out of space, so couldn't post on there. Prawn crackers are made of prawns, but they are made into a paste formed into tubes and then dried. They are then sliced onto thin circles and fried and they puff up like magic!

joyfullittlehippo Wed 13-Mar-19 14:50:40

Okay don't laugh at me, but I thought Surbiton was a made-up place name they'd invented for The Good Life (a play on the word suburban) until I met someone who lived near there, and I was in my late 20s at the time.

YepImafraidImgivingmyopinion Wed 13-Mar-19 14:56:07


If it makes you feel better...the name is a play in 'Suburban town'.

And it is most definitely real. smile

Smotheroffive Wed 13-Mar-19 14:57:42

Kuala Lumpar land of the oompa lumpa's grin

jenthelibrarian Wed 13-Mar-19 15:53:39

Don't know if anyone else admitted to this in the original thread but I always thought my parents enjoyed music by Ellafitz Gerald and by Natking Cole.

PregnantSea Wed 13-Mar-19 16:05:00

When I was little I was obsessed with drinking wine because I wanted to be grown up (I don't even drink as an adult lol).
To placate me my mother told me that wine was like cordial, and you just put a tiny bit in the glass and then filled the rest up with water. I thought I was drinking glasses of wine with grown ups until I was at least 11. Don't remember the exact day that I realised but it still makes me laugh when I think back to it now!

Smotheroffive Wed 13-Mar-19 16:24:30

Por-TAKKA-bin (from last thread) grin

Worlds0kayestmum Wed 13-Mar-19 18:30:33

On microwave meals when I was younger, it would say 'ensure hot throughout' and I would be really confused about how to maintain the heat in the meal whilst eating it

I also used to think a bookmakers was an old fashioned shop which made shops. I even wrote about our local one when I was young in a school project about the history of my town. I still shudder with embarrasment when I think about it blush

Worlds0kayestmum Wed 13-Mar-19 18:30:53

*books not shops

Haveacupofcoffee Wed 13-Mar-19 18:36:51

I thought a Dalai Llama was a breed of animal.

I also asked my mum if I could get a pet hate for my birthday.

Surprisingly, I’m not a vet.

Paraballa Wed 13-Mar-19 19:44:15

I was 19 when I found out that tarmacadam is pronounced tar-muh-caddum not tarMACuhdam.

Smotheroffive Wed 13-Mar-19 20:00:01

There was a time, early driving days,when I waivered about leaving my car in a short stay bay as I read the sign saying no return within 2 hours I wondered if I might get into trouble with someone who lurked trying to catch people returning to their cars too soon!

MrBobLoblaw Wed 13-Mar-19 20:09:04

Aged approx 8, I , very sincerely, asked my mum what a 'zig-a-zig-aahh' was blush

PutOnYourDamnSocks Wed 13-Mar-19 20:24:12

Why Shawn the sheep is called Shawn the sheep. I am highly educated and 40.

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