It came to light a few years ago that my little brother never knew there was a difference between taffy...as in the salt-water candy, and toffee...as in the molasses based candy.
I am not sure how or when the misunderstanding began, but to explain it in his words, he thought toffee was "how rich people say taffy, ya know...toffee dahling." Come on, say it with me. Toffee dahling.....
Like Mr Howell from Gilligan's Island.
Come to think of it, Gilligan's Island probably had something to do with his misguided belief. We farm mice didn't get a lot of exposure to millionaires and he(my brother) must have thought all wealthy folk speak like the Howells.