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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.

NanBullen Sat 27-Aug-11 13:45:09

you know if you do something wrong and then say "oh sorry, my bad"? Possibly only on american sitcoms actually...

Anyway, dh thought it was "my bag". i pissed myself when he told me, why on earth would you say "my bag " ? confused

belgo Sat 27-Aug-11 13:46:13

that 'pilates' was pronounced 'pilots' blush

TopazMortmain Sat 27-Aug-11 13:47:22

I thought turtles wore their shells like sweaters and they were naked underneath blush

Didn't realise they were attached until recently...

tabulahrasa Sat 27-Aug-11 13:53:48

Until fairly recently - I thought Tripoli was in Italy blush

It sounds Italian...

CookieRookie Sat 27-Aug-11 13:54:07

So it's not pil-a-teys? Shit, guess I'm not going back to the gym now. Ah well, my bag! grin

ToriaPumpkinPasty Sat 27-Aug-11 13:57:21

Not me but my DH, he got upset with me to the point of starting an argument on a bus when I told him that tongue rolling is genetic and linked in no way whatsoever to having been breastfed.

NanBullen Sat 27-Aug-11 13:58:09

Tripoli does sound Italian tabulahrasa

<pats tabulahrasa's head patronisingly>

pranma Sat 27-Aug-11 13:58:55

My neice [34] thought ,until last year, that when the icecream man played his tune it was because he had sold out of ice-cream!!It took her dh a while to stop laughing long enough to enlighten her.It worked a treat when she was small though grin

nickelbabe Sat 27-Aug-11 14:01:32

it's pill-ah -tees cookie grin

CookieRookie Sat 27-Aug-11 14:01:43

Oh it is pil-a-teys

Silly Belgo grin

nickelbabe Sat 27-Aug-11 14:02:00

i had to google where Tripoli is blush

Carrotsandcelery Sat 27-Aug-11 14:02:24

I thought a Star Wars light sabre was a light saver until I tried to order one for ds for Christmas on Amazon last year (I am 39).

I also thought that halfcaste was an acceptable term for mixed race and used in infront of friends, one of whom is mixed race. This was years ago and I am still so blush about it.

CookieRookie Sat 27-Aug-11 14:02:51

oops x-post, pill-ah-tees grin

tabulahrasa Sat 27-Aug-11 14:06:33

Well I only clicked that it wasn't Italy when there were rebels and what have you on the news - they seemed awfully calm about there being all that bother in Italy...rofl

NanBullen Sat 27-Aug-11 14:20:41

until trying to conceive ds I didn't know that women were only fertile for a few days each month blush I was 32 hmm

Carrotsandcelery Sat 27-Aug-11 14:24:31

I was the same NanBullen. I had even heard of the rhythm technique and everything but hadn't added it all together in my mind. blush

TheMitfordsMaid Sat 27-Aug-11 14:32:30

You might need to be welsh to understand this one but until fairly recently my uncle, who is astoundingly clever but lacking in common sense, thought all hospitals in Wales were called Ysbyty Hospital. The curse of the bilingual street sign!

For non-welsh people, Ysbyty is the welsh word for hospital, and all street signs in Wales are bilingual.

Solopower Sat 27-Aug-11 14:40:15

Well, when I was younger, I thought that men didn't have feelings, and if they did, it wasn't manly to express them.

Then I had sons.

Solopower Sat 27-Aug-11 14:41:01

I mean I realised when I had sons that they are just like us.

missmiss Sat 27-Aug-11 14:50:40

Tripoli is a bastardisation of tres poleis, which is Greek for 'three cities'. There were lots of thriving Greek colonies in North Africa, and Libya then became a part of the Roman empire, so lots of Mediterranean influence!

CheerMum Sat 27-Aug-11 14:54:39

i once asked a young hip colleague what a "trombelise" was. she looked at me funny and i said it was from a pop song and i was confused. i sang the line and she wet herself laughing as the line ACTUALLy went "my love has got no money, he's got his STRONG BELIEFS"

CheerMum Sat 27-Aug-11 14:56:08

i also remember when i was a child asking my big sister what "quoi-stereotion" was (another song line). she had to break it to me that it was "crossed every ocean".

i think i should avoid pop music

YoungishBag Sat 27-Aug-11 15:00:07

Until yesterday I thought water polo involved horses.

My dh was hysterical.

I still think I've seen a match where people were on horseback in a big pool throwing a ball on the end of a stick through rings confused

It must have been a dream hmm

Flossbert Sat 27-Aug-11 15:01:55

Until very recently (I am 32) I thought that when the sports news person announced a football score as being 'on aggregate' I thought that meant the score had been adjusted in some way because of the surface they had played on. When I told my friend he said, " you mean, you thought they played on gravel?!" well yes I suppose somehow I did!

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