I really like How I Met Your Mother, because the writers often come up with clever storylines that remind me of the stupid crap I talk about with my friends. ("Drunk or Kid" is one of my favorite storylines. You tell a story about something stupid you did, and your friends have to guess whether you were a kid or drunk when it happened. Hilarious.)
Anyway, in this week's episode, the characters discussed each other's "gaps" in knowledge or ability. For example, Ted had been pronouncing "chameleon" wrong for years. Robin didn't know that the North Pole really existed. These are stupid things that you should know, but you don't.
This led me to think about my own gaps. You can only identify a gap once it has been pointed out to you. I know there are more of these in my past, but I can't remember them now. Here are the ones I remember:
1. I cannot pronounce the word "peculiar." I can say it in my head, but when I try to say it out loud, I cannot do it. My tongue gets all tied up. For obvious reasons, I avoid using this word. I used to love the Peculiar Pub in New York City, but I could never recommend to any of my friends to go there and check it out because I couldn't pronounce the damn name.
2. Whenever I see the word "gauge" (which happens more often than you might think in my line of work), I pronounce it "gawge." I did this in a deposition once, and felt like a complete ass. It's pronounced "gayge." I know this, but something in my brain will not allow me to pronounce it correctly.
3. I didn't know people washed their sheets until I went away to college. This sounds absurd, I know, but my mom never, ever washed our sheets when I was growing up. (Hell, she still doesn't.) We changed them occasionally (rarely), when we got new ones, or needed a change in color, but this was few and far between, and I had no idea people actually washed their sheets every week or month. My mind was blown to find this out. My friends in college thought it was hilarious.
4. Whenever I used to see "nude" colored bras, I always wondered why anyone would buy a bra that is such an ugly color. White, black, the colors of the rainbow, sure. But nude? Why? Then when I was around 29 one of my friends explained to me that nude bras are great to wear under white and light colored shirts because then you can't see the bra through the shirt. This was also mind blowing to me. I had avoided wearing white shirts for years because I hated the look of a white bra showing through it. I have no idea why I didn't know this, or why I never figured it out before.
I'm positive I have more of these, but I just haven't been able to think of any others.