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5th-Jun-2010 02:01 pm
Despite being relatively intellectual in some ways, I'm actually a bit of a ditz. It's an element to my character I've always rather regretted and embraced simultaneously. I'm not above laughing at my own idiocy, it balances out my appallingly pompous side.

I probably shouldn't admit this, but a prime example of my ditziness comes in the form of today, when I realised, for the first time in my twenty-six years of existence, that there's no such thing as 'a French onion'. You see, for seemingly ever, I have laboured under the misapprehension, that, much in the same vein as 'Brussels spouts', there is an onion that is inherently French. French onion soup and French onion dip were made out of French onions.

It was only when I was trying to see a way to use up the copious brown onions I've suddenly found myself with that I discovered - oh! - I'm a foolish fool.

At least it's more self-deprecating material to grasp at when I get so incensed I start to wonder why everyone around me is a complete moron. They're not the only ones.
5th-Jun-2010 05:39 am (UTC)
I was over fifty before I realised that there was no such thing as a £100 note in UK currency. I thought the reason I had never seen one was just that I never have £100 all in the same place at the same time, until the day I thoroughly embarrassed myself by asking for one at the Bank.
5th-Jun-2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear! There are such things as AU$100 notes. I know this for a fact. You can't get them from ATMS, though.

Edited at 2010-06-05 02:18 pm (UTC)
5th-Jun-2010 06:41 am (UTC)
That's actually pretty adorable.

And, here is one of my embarrasing ditzy things, I was fairly old before I realized it was "to(or for) all intents and purposes". I always heard it as "intensive purposes" which never made any sense to me!
5th-Jun-2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
I suppose it is one of the cuter examples of my massive amounts of ignorance :D

I always heard it as "intensive purposes" which never made any sense to me!

I've heard other people say that. In my accent it's a bit impossible to make it parse, but considering how many idioms we use that seem to make no sense (or that we use incorrectly, thinking they make a sense they don't), I can definitely see how that would happen.
5th-Jun-2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, I didn't realize it until I read the phrase in something, and I went "d'oh, that's what people have been saying all these years!" Heh. In my defense, where I grew up people tend to run their words together(and also drop things, like the sound of certain letters) so that was definitely part of it. Also, some do actually say "intensive purposes" by mistake, because of mishearing it.
5th-Jun-2010 07:35 am (UTC)
Ahahaha, I love hearing about ditzy moments. I only realised a few days ago that Alan Titchmarsh and Alan Partridge weren't the same person (I used to get so confused. 'How can he be giving a real interview? Isn't he fictional?'), and thought for almost a decade that the lyric 'picture this: we were both buck naked, banging on the bathroom floor' in the Shaggy song meant that they were lying next to each other and hitting the floor with their fists. Naked, obviously, although I wasn't sure why.

Edited at 2010-06-05 07:38 am (UTC)
5th-Jun-2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
I only realised a few days ago that Alan Titchmarsh and Alan Partridge weren't the same person.

OH MY GOD! This is my favourite thing ever. Hahahaha! :D

I seem to recall also being madly pleased by your interpretation of that Shaggy song when you mentioned it on your LJ some months ago.
5th-Jun-2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
But there are, apparently, Spanish onions?

This is very low level ditzyness.
5th-Jun-2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
... you always thought there were French onions, didn't you? ;)

I admit it's one of the sweeter and less worrying demonstrations of my ditziness, but I'm not going to admit to the more disturbing ones.
5th-Jun-2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
This delighted me! I swear I do that all the time too even though I can't think of an example at the moment...
6th-Jun-2010 02:42 am (UTC)
:D It's a little upsetting realising everything you thought you knew was wrong.
6th-Jun-2010 12:32 am (UTC)
Oops! :)
6th-Jun-2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Indeed :D
9th-Jun-2010 09:07 am (UTC)
See, I read your soup post and thought, "There are French onions? I wonder how these are different from regular onions... Once more I find myself basking in my own ignorance!" But hey, there are French beans, and you do indeed get French onion soup, so I was totally convinced!!
12th-Jun-2010 03:38 am (UTC)
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