Did you ever say something wrong for a really, really long time before you found out the correct phrase or word? No? Liar!
I'm not sure how many years I said "intensive purposes" before I actually saw it in print. hmmmm "Intents and purposes." Did not know that.
There was a little camp fire sing in one of the dorm rooms during my one and only year at Stephens. I was belting out a favorite that I learned at Camp Katanawa ("a camp on a lake guaranteed to see a snake") as a young girl.
At the top of my voice - "ee saw fa dilly" lalalala - can't remember the rest.
When I finished, my fellow camp fire roomies looked at me with that "what the hell" look on their faces.
I'm like "what?"
"What was that one line you just sang?"
"That 'ee saw fa dilly' line."
We dissected the little ditty and realized it was about a frog.
We dissected further - lyric by lyric - and since we were all brilliant freshman at Stephens College for Women, we finally came up with the correct phrase.
Are you ready or did you guess?
Remember, it's about a frog. hint, hint
"Leaps off a lily."
Personally, I like the way I sang it; it made me sway and smile.
The real lyrics don't do that so much.
So - have you ever mispronounced something incorrectly for an embarrassingly long time?
Come on - fess up.