THE ANFIELD NOISE

Things You Misunderstood

On the old site, there was a thread about things you had come to realise you had previously completely misunderstood and so I thought I would revive that here.

There is a great podcast called Throughline on NPR that will probably reveal a lot of cases of this for a lot of people https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510333/throughline

There was an episode recently on the role of Saudi Arabia in spreading a militant, puritanical version of Islam. I dont think that would be a shock to many people, but my perception of this had always been that this was a problem from the very founding of the Kingdom. My understanding, which I’m sure was shared by most, was that while the rejection of intellectualism in Islam took hold under the ottomans, it was the new found wealth of the new kingdom, one that followed a particular strange strain of Islam, that really caused it. They took advantage of the void in islamic leadership that the fall of the Ottoman Empire created and filled it with their strain, bankrolled by oil money. This episode painted a completely different picture. They present Saudi Arabia as being a fairly liberal place until 1979, when the grand mosque in mecca was held hostage by a fringe group. Their story was that it was only after that event, and as a result of the actions the Kingdom took to end the siege that emboldened the extremists and gave them the platform to start spreading their version of Islam.

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I’m going to take the intellectual level of the thread down by 99% from the first post, but here we go.

When Britney Spears’ song Hit Me Baby One More Time came out, I was in first grade, and would consistently hear it on the school bus. I was pretty confident that the line “Oh baby baby, I shouldn’t have let you go” was about a babysitter who lost track of a kid.

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hahahahaha…gold!

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Misunderstood song lyrics is a whole thread on its own!

As a taster https://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/misheard-song-lyrics-6787

I’m trying to visualize Britney as babysitter :crazy_face:

Wonder no more…'tis from my favorite (own) show!

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First time I met the future mother in law I got into an argument with her.

She took it badly when I pointed out to her that Eskimos were a real people. She was convinced that they were simply from stories like leprechauns and fairies. The more I laughed the more indignant and defensive she got. She thought I was messing with her head.

Ended up having to show her on Google that I was not making it up. Even then she did not believe me.

Needless to say from then on she hated me. Which made my future wife like me even more. :laughing:

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I would say it took me a long while to come to, what I think is, an accurate understanding of the prevalence of PEDs in professional sport.

I am no scientist, of course, but I had a long chat once with someone who is, and the basic premise is that in particular sports they are so effective that even competing on level terms with someone who is a proven doper is pretty good evidence that said athlete is not clean, the absence of an adverse finding notwithstanding.

Not sure if that is a misunderstanding of the spirit of the thread, and happy to be further corrected, but I feel like I had my head in the sand for years.

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I had the same notion about tiny countries like Andorra etc. In those days we didn’t have Google (or internet, to be precise) and it was mighty hard to find these countries in normal atlas.

Besides, I had just read The Prisoner of Jenda :crazy_face:

I don’t think eskimo’s is an appropriate word for indigenous folk anymore.Also alot of people round here use the term paki for convienience stores,i used to think they were being racist till i found out it was short for package store! packy.

Where is “round here”? Because in the UK using that term is definitely racist and isn’t bullshit shorthand for “package”…!

Agree with you on the use of the term Eskimos though.

New England mate.But yeah grew up in Olde England so it was an eyebrow raiser when i first heard it!

Hold up my hands, I didnt appreciate the negative connotations of the word Eskimo (as in my mind all the associations are positive)

It becomes a minefield when you start looking into it, how it very much is derogatory in Canada, but less so for those in Alaska (where there are different peoples), which again is different to those in Serbia. The Eskimo Indian Olympic games has a page about its name. Which perhaps best illustrates the challenges. For some Eskimo is a positive and what some self identify, for others its a negative and derogatory. While terms (like Indian) are positive for some others, but conversely perceived as negative context or as derogatory who dont identify as Indian.

Unfortunately there does not appear to be an alternative name, for those peoples who have a unique shared family of languages, heritage and culture (Inuit as used in Canada only applies to a subset). Hopefully in time the name is reclaimed or a new name which they self identify becomes the norm.

I guess I understood something new today :wink:

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