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Ever thought that you could get flushed down the loo? That girls wee out their bottoms? Or that bumming means two men rubbing their bums together? Tell us about your childhood misconceptions. Thanks to Joefish for the suggestion.

(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 15:21)
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That 'AD' meant 'After Death'
It was only pointed out to me when I was 21.
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 16:02, 10 replies)
It totally doesn't
it's something in Latin. But without Wikipedia, I can't wade in here pretending to be a smart arse.
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 16:05, closed)
annum domini
"the year of our lord"

Brain - like wikipedia, only slower, and with infinitely more errors.
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 16:10, closed)
But it's deprecated now.
You're supposed to say BCE and CE for "before common era" and "common era" so as not to offend people who don't beleive in Jesus but are pissyenough about these things to be offended amyhow.
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 16:22, closed)
Christ, it's not a pissing contest
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 16:27, closed)
BCE and CE have been around for yonks.
It's got bugger all to do with offending Jesusites.
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 16:28, closed)
CE and BCE may have been around a while.
They certainly weren't, however, in common usage when I was in school and a quick check of a dictionary from the early '90s shows they didn't think to include BCE but did include BC. So there's certainly been a shift recently
I would be very surprised if BCE and CE were used for any other reason than to prevent religious offence (certainly the unreliable sod that is Wikipedia thinks this).
Edit: Also I said it was for people who didn't believe in Jesus but were pissy enough to get upset anyhow. I'm sure the Jesusists don't care either way.
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 19:26, closed)
Anno domini
Or "um" or whatever.
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 17:16, closed)
I believed until about a minute ago,
that every person over the age of about eight knew that AD stands for anno Domini.
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 17:59, closed)
I'm 40
and I just found out it doesn't mean After Death...
I want a refund for 5 years of university and my post-graduate degree!
(, Fri 20 Jan 2012, 14:38, closed)
I was taught the proper latin meaning as a kid, but still when asked in a lesson I promptly forgot.
No A.D. did not stand for "after domination" and my C of E school had certain views on the matter.
(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 18:04, closed)

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