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

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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.

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!

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!

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!

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

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

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 .

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

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.

flummoxedlummox Sun 02-Jun-13 13:26:27

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

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

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

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...'

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

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amazingmumof6 Sat 01-Jun-13 17:04:25



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amazingmumof6 Fri 31-May-13 21:54:46

I've just found out what tumbleweed meant when used online.
I thought it just meant "see you later/I'm off"


amazingmumof6 Fri 31-May-13 01:26:04

by far the most spectacular misunderstanding was when I was barely going out with my now DH.
I had only been in England for a few months, my English was poor. he mumbles a lot.

we went to a pub and I was shocked when he asked if I wanted penis!
I said no thank you and was really shock.
he came back with our drinks and a bag of PEANUTS! grin

not long after this incident I was eating an apple and thought he might want a bite so I asked him if he wanted a nipple! ( I meant nibble)

Freudian or what? We've got 6 children! grin

amazingmumof6 Fri 31-May-13 01:14:32

DS3 thought it was minimetre instead of millimetre.

DS5 ( 3 years old), is convinced that a duck ssys "backpack"

DH didn't realiza that muscle, meat and flesh are all the same thing.
he used to think a tiger was s mummy lion

my grandad used to say that he was a carpenter (true) and gynaecologist ( lie). I had no reason to doubt him and never understood why people laughed.
that is until I went to the gynaecologists.blush

my other grandad told us that if we saw a horse nodding it's head while walking thst means he likes us (they all do)

it was only a few years ago that I realised that the round blue road sign with 1 white arrow is not made in versions of pointing to the left or right or ahead etc.
They make ONE sign and TURN it round so the arrow points in the correct direction. (very blush )

because of ankle details on socks only on outside ankle bone I used to think that ALL socks were right or left footed.

I have hundreds of these. ....

TooTabooToBoo Thu 30-May-13 21:21:07

* Oakey grin

TooTabooToBoo Thu 30-May-13 21:20:42

<snort> @ Carrie Okie grin

chipmonkey Thu 30-May-13 16:39:24

I thought Carrie Oakey was a very popular singer in Dublin in the 80's as she seemed to be playing in loads of pubs.

HorryIsUpduffed Thu 30-May-13 16:32:32

I feel a lot better grin

TooTabooToBoo Thu 30-May-13 16:03:21

Horry shock I never knew that either! blush

ToffeePenny Sun 26-May-13 21:53:46

I was convinced that, in personal ads, GSOH stood for 'Good Salary, Own House'.

Always thought that explained why there were so many single people advertising - they were clearly all being way too materialistic.

HopeForTheBest Sun 26-May-13 21:24:04

That Sheryl Crow was a member of The Bangles.

I have no idea why I thought this, but even after DH proved me wrong, there is still a part of me that sort of believes she was.

bran Sun 26-May-13 21:19:52

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Sun 26-May-13 21:13:23

I thought the Batman symbol was a picture of some yellow teeth until I was 25.

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