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I was older than that when I realized that Chutzpah was the spelling for a word I'd heard all my life!

You remind of that bit from Portnoy's complaint. I think I've quoted it here before, but I like it enough to post it again:

I was already the darling of the first grade, and in every schoolroom competition, expected to win hands down, when I was asked by the teacher one day to identify a picture of what I knew perfectly well my mother referred to as a “spatula.” But for the life of me I could not think of the word in English.

(He had thought 'spatula' was Yiddish.)
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