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Pickles what

Here’s a lovely post about things the author misunderstood until an embarrassingly late age. The commenters join in with gusto, coming up with gems such as thinking Olivia Newton-John was Elton John’s ex-wife, and that ponies are baby horses. I’m glad lots of people have these. Some of mine:

  • I didn’t know that salmon was pronounced ‘sammon’ till I was 15 or so. Thought they were different things (it’s unclear what, to be honest). This was notoriously revealed in a game of Taboo.
  • I never understood why people said the Superman logo was an ‘S’ shape. I always saw the inverse pattern, which is essentially a bunch of polygons. I think I was about 14 when it finally clicked.
  • “It’s always in the last place you look.” Didn’t quite appreciate this one till, ahem, my late 20s. Ok last year shut up.
  • Not sure when I realised ‘The Beatles’ was a pun, but I remember pretending that obviously I’d always known that.
  • Upon reading the comments of the linked post, I learnt something unexpected about pickles *shameface*

Via defective yeti.


  1. Well you just taught me something. And while we’re here: as a result of a conversation with my Cub Scout leader, from the ages of 9 to 13 I thought that the word gullible had been taken out of the dictionary.

  2. Um… I thought ‘segue’ was pronounced ‘seg’ and that people only changed the pronunciation as a joke after Segways were invented…

    Also my mum told me if I swallowed orange or apple pips, a tree would grow in my stomach(!). And that if I didn’t wash soap off, it would eat away my skin. Can’t remember how long I believed those for…

    I enjoyed the comments on the post too!

  3. For years, I thought ‘retry’ was ‘ret-ry’ :-S

  4. I thought redo was a word pronounced red oh. Took a while before I discovered it was pronounced re-do, despite knowing an instruction had to be redone because of an error.

    “Redo From Start” was the somewhat unhelpful error message produced by the BASIC interpreter in many early home computers when non-numeric characters were entered in response to a prompt for numerical input.

  5. I remember reading ‘Okie’ so therefore thought that okay was pronounced oak-y/okie

  6. Jill (from Uganda)

    I thought lapel rhymed with label for years. Then I read it out loud in an english class at high school. *hangs head in remembered shame*

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