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Old 07-05-2011, 01:21 PM
 
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Ran across this article on NPR, in which you can find all kinds of confessions of silly things that intelligent adults had wrong for inexplicably long periods of time. I thought it was kind of neat, and seeing as we live in one of the most educated areas in the entire country, I thought it'd be interesting if we posted some of those embarassing things! If you have one that's NOVA specific, that's even better!

Want To Share An Embarrassing Misconception? You're Not Alone. : NPR

Mine:

NOVA-specific - I grew up in Montgomery county before moving to NOVA a couple yeas ago and I hadn't the slightest clue what/where the "mixing bowl" really was until I moved here. I also never knew that I-66 was HOV only inside the beltway on weekdays until a couple years ago.

General - I always pronounced the word "subtle" like "sub-tull" until about a year ago when my mother finally corrected me.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:08 PM
 
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I really didn't grasp the concept of the true Northern Virginia being Winchester.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:27 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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I thought all the "VT" stickers referred to Vermont.
I used to say "heighth" until a friend corrected me.
Until I was in my 20s, I never knew people had babies on purpose.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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I thought all the "VT" stickers referred to Vermont.
I used to say "heighth" until a friend corrected me.
Until I was in my 20s, I never knew people had babies on purpose.

Oh gosh....I thought for the longest time that a "Hokie" was some kind of a plant part, until I realized I had it confused with the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Growing up in MD I always thought the Fresh Prince had taken that taxi cab from Philadelphia to Bel Air, MD, which would have been a fairly expensive way to get there but not impossible. I'd never seen the full intro where he gets on a plane.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:48 PM
 
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For the longest time I thought 'enervated' meant being in a state of nervous anxiety, until someone corrected me sharply and added, 'I thought you were supposed to be smart.'
Ow.
Hey, I never promised anybody anything.

scottfs - I have to make a conscious effort to pronounce 'subtle' correctly.

Have never been able to be completely, consistently clear about the difference between Hoyas and Hokies.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:55 PM
 
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Mine: NOVA-specific - I grew up in Montgomery county before moving to NOVA a couple yeas ago and I hadn't the slightest clue what/where the "mixing bowl" really was until I moved here.

The term "mixing bowl" was stolen from a bygone era. Every time I hear that bogus term, I think of the REAL mixing bowl...the confluence of Shirley Highway/Washington Blvd/Columbia Pike (near the Pentagon). It was pretty wild for it's day but would be tame by modern standards.

The current "mixing bowl" didn't exist at the time because the Circumferential Highway hadn't yet been built. Shirley Highway just meandered south unimpeded...

With the brilliance that NOVA allegedly teems with...it seems like an original term could have been coined for the interchange! How about "the Blender"? LOL
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:55 PM
 
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Wait wait.. you didn't know people had babies on purpose until you were in your 20s? Okay that's pretty bad I don't know if I can top that.

Maybe I can... I still don't know exactly what an adverb is aside from any word that ends in -ly... like, is "exactly" an adverb?
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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With the brilliance that NOVA allegedly teems with...it seems like an original term could have been coined for the interchange! How about "the Blender"? LOL
hah That's great.
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Have never been able to be completely, consistently clear about the difference between Hoyas and Hokies.
Blasphemy!
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Maybe I can... I still don't know exactly what an adverb is aside from any word that ends in -ly... like, is "exactly" an adverb?
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An adverb is a word that modifies a verb (sometimes it modifies an adjective, or else another adverb)
-- Schoolhouse Rock, "Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here"
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