Thus we end up with misunderstandings being spread...incorrect facts based on partial knowledge and the assumptions made from them. We find puns where there are none...miss puns that are there...leave practicality behind in lofty flights of fancy...and are generally brought down to a rather low level of discourse, even though it sounds quite nice.
I'm smiling as I write this because your post brings back fond memories. I have experienced something similar and fortunately one of my teachers/mentors at the time brought home wonderful lessons about this sort of thing. I spent several years under the loving, strict, care of a wonderful writer/poet named Bess Truitt. She was Poet Laureate of Oklahoma at the time and quite willing to show me the essence of what you speak of above.
Thanks for the memories...