Real Life Stories Of People Who Had To Admit They Were Wrong When They Were Correct
There’s nothing more satisfying than being right—but sadly, most opponents really don’t like confessing that they’re in the wrong. These Redditors share the times when they were completely correct, only to have people take their sweet, sweet time admitting it.
Just Passing Through
My 9th-grade English teacher had us do an exercise on homonyms. Here was one of the sentences where we had to pick the correct word to use: “Jack and Jill walked ___ (passed or past) the gas station.” Naturally, I put “past,” only to be marked wrong.
I inquired about it, and my teacher was like, “No, Jeff. That’s like the past, present, and future.” How this moron became an ENGLISH teacher, I have no idea. Some people are clueless and it sucks when you know you're right but you can't speak up to the authority.
Shoop, Shoop da Oops
In grade 2, I explained to my entire class, as pretentiously as a 7-year-old could, that the singular of sheep is shoop. My logic was that the singular of geese is goose and that rule applied to sheep, too. I still remember the other kids looking at me like I was dropped on my head.
A Bloom of a Different Color
In senior kindergarten, I had an activity for Mother’s Day to color some pre-printed cards with three tulips. The teacher told us to color them red, yellow, and orange. 6-year-old me colored one purple because I didn’t like orange. My teacher told me I was wrong, and to redo it—for a ridiculous reason.
She said, “purple tulips don’t exist.” I told my mom when I got home, and she cut the purple tulip out of our garden so I could take it to class the next day and prove my teacher wrong. It was a victorious moment when the teacher realized she was wrong and I was in fact right.
Eighth grade, entire class against me, saying blood is blue until it oxidizes and turns red. Our teacher came in and literally asked “Are you all stupid? Blood is red, inside and outside. Wanna see my colonoscopy video?” How they believed blood was blue is beyond me.
The Hobbit Issues
My mother-in-law is convinced that The Hobbit is a two-book series. I tried to enlighten her on this notion, including by showing her Wikipedia and copies of the book available on Amazon. She wouldn’t have it. Eventually, the argument became heated and we had to “agree to disagree.” I still bring it up sometimes to my wife.
How Suite It Is
I was working as a receptionist on summer break from college. One day, a woman with a tired mid-western, middle-aged voice called from a potential vendor’s office to ask for our mailing address. So I rattle off “60 West 26th Street, Suite 400…” She stops me and asks me to repeat, so I do.
She stops me again and asks in this faux-puzzled way, “So that’s S-W-E-E-T 400? I reply with innocent earnestness because I think somehow I have not been clear that it is a suite: S-U-I-T-E. She responds with this incredulous yet delighted laugh that goes on for what seemed like 5 minutes.
Her next words made my jaw drop. “Dear, you don’t pronounce that “sweet!” she said like she was talking to a five-year-old, “it’s pronounced “suit.” I think she must be joking or I still haven’t made myself clear, so I actually say “Ha-ha, no, sorry I wasn’t clear, it’s suite (sweet), you know, like a suite (sweet) of offices?”
Then she sighs wearily like she just can’t believe what she has to deal with. Look, I feel bad telling you this, but you are making a complete fool of yourself. She goes on. “I know you are going to be embarrassed, but go find a dictionary and have someone else explain to you."
She then proceeds to make me say the address again, insisting I pronounce suite as suit, not allowing me to continue if I don’t say it correctly. So I mutter my way through it and she finally gets off the phone after telling me that I would thank her one day. Can you believe her stupidity?
My mom. She had mental health problems and would express and insist on bizarre “truths” when she was ill. My boyfriend at the time came over. He said his parents were going to Hawaii. I said that I always wanted to visit an island in the Pacific. My mom then asked if I was stupid, because Hawaii is in AFRICA.
I just said I must have forgotten that and did my best not to laugh. My boyfriend, though, became indignant and, despite my frantically waving “no,” proceeded to try to correct her and say that I was right. That didn’t go over very well. I spent the next half hour, in private, trying to explain to him what delusions are.
I referred to the peonies my classmate said, “It’s pronounced ‘ponies.'” I looked doubtful and said, “Really? Eh, I’m pretty sure it’s just ‘PEE-uh-neez.'” She went on a bit of a rant about how her grandmother grew them and she knew all about them. Not everybody at university is all that bright.
When I was in kindergarten, I told all the other kids that the word “dumb” was spelled D-U-M because in one of the Bugs Bunny/Wile E. Coyote cartoons, Bugs said “And ‘mud’ spelled backwards is ‘dum’!” Oh, but that wasn’t even the worst part. The teacher tried to correct me, but I was INSISTENT.
Let’s Call It Even
My little brother, then 8, read a neighborhood flyer about a pool party and pronounced “hors d’oeuvre” as “horse doover.” My friend, a know-it-all (then 16) laughed in a really exaggerated way and said, “I can’t believe you just pronounced “hors du voor” as “Horse doover.”
More Than One Problem Here
I had a teacher once “correct” my spelling of wolves (plural noun) to wolfs. This was an English teacher. And the editor of the school paper, for which I was writing. She was the regular English teacher, while I was in AP, so I wasn’t familiar enough with her to realize that she was a blithering idiot.
The Great Unknown
My dad adamantly refused to believe that Narwhals were real. I had to show him not just photos, but a video of narwhals before he finally believed me. It was truly a fascinating moment for him and I felt very good because I was right and he couldn't deny it any longer!
Those Who Can’t Do…
I had a really self-assured science teacher. Here are some highlights: She told us Harambe was shot for trying to eat the child. She told us gorillas were carnivores. When asked why she said that “No animal that big can survive off of plants.” Lady, you taught us about dinosaurs.
This woman also told us that people in Florida didn’t have basements. My aunt actually lived in Florida at the time and had a basement. A student asked how fast the Earth revolved. The teacher said flatly, “One year.” The student rephrased his question, realizing what he was asking and what the teacher thought he had asked were different things.
He then asked at how many miles per hour the Earth spun on its axis. “One year!” barked the teacher again. Three or four different people tried to explain the question, and one got sent to the hall. This lady was in her mid-forties and was adamant that we were not allowed to fact-check her throughout any of this.
A Hard Pill to Swallow
In 5th-grade health class, I said that it wasn’t true that gum takes 7 years to pass through your digestive system. My teacher then says that it is very dangerous to swallow gum because…in your stomach you have an organ “that mashes up your food,” and when you swallow gum, it gets stuck to that organ.
God Bless Us, Except This One
At my little sister’s confirmation. I was her sponsor. I was 18 and she was 14. The woman next to me got all nasty because I was nodding off, and said I should be ashamed and that I was being disrespectful. But she didn’t know the awful truth. I had end-stage liver failure.
I was on a lot of pain meds that made me sleepy. Afterward, I told my mom about it (sponsors were seated separately from parents) and she was peeved. She cornered the woman in the bathroom and just ripped her a new one. The lady skulked out very quickly after that.
These stories are awkward and in some cases, hilarious! We're sure there have been times when you too have been right and others extremely wrong. Leave your own story or comment below!