My linguistic juices are really flowing today, so I present to you the second literal epiphany in 24 hours:
Growing up in a German household I always asked for “Majonaise”, or if I used the brand name “Miraclewhip”. Only that it always sounded like “Mi-ra-kell-wipp”. Well, it took me 25 years to find out that it’s a miraculous creme made out of oil, vinegar or lemon juice that has been whipped to achieve its smooth consistency. D’oh!