It's easy to misunderstand words if you've only read them. Be honest, how many of us mispronounced 'chameleon' the first seven times you read it before your 2nd grade teacher informed you how it was properly pronounced? A lot. However, what about those phrases and common terms you just know you misheard but feel too embarrassed to say anything?
Reddit user, u/bailsgrhm, wanted to hear the most misplaced misunderstandings when they asked:
A Whole Lot Cheaper
I used to think that 'pay-per-view' was spelled as 'paper view'.
Get The Ghosts Out
I've said this before, but I used to think the saying was "The ghost is clear" instead of the "coast is clear".
Also, I used to say butt naked and found out not too long ago that it's actually buck naked
For the longest time I thought duct tape was called duck tape
I thought 'Chick fillet' was pronounced 'Chick Fill Ah.'
I Think This Is Just Called Being...Forgetful
This probably doesn't count but I couldn't remember what a sink was called. I was in bed trying to figure it out. a sark? sind? slonk? seeg? So I got up and stared at it for a good 30 seconds. Then I remembered that it was definitely called a syeek.
Got A Bad Case Of The...
I didn't know the second "e" in herpes was pronounced.
Spent a good three or four years calling it herps.
Taken for granite.
Years ago I was a bartender and cut my chin on a chipped corona bottle during a lunch shift (that in and of itself is a lengthy story but suffice it to say, it wasn't my fault).
Let's fast forward to that evening and I'm out with some of my (relatively small) towns important officials. The cut on my chin reopens and someone pointed it out. I proceed to tell everyone within ear shot that I must be a necrophiliac. I mean, I said it a good 4-5 times.
My best friend takes me aside and asked if I knew what that meant. "Yeah, of course. It's when your blood won't clot."
"No. That's a hemophiliac. A necrophiliac is someone who likes to have sex with dead people."
A...Well, No, This One's Just Funny
I remember sitting in a bar in the Denver airport many years ago, and this Texan with a big hat was talking, said something inappropriate to the bartender, and apologized for his "fax poo." I enlightened him to the proper pronunciation of faux pas. He was baffled.
Teachers have a hard job and empathy can make all the difference, as we learned when Redditor 2minutestosundown asked the online community: High School teachers of Reddit, what is the one thing that you want your students to know that you'd never tell them in person?