For word nerds and grammar geeks, a witty guide to the most commonly mispronounced words, along with their correct pronunciations and pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and histories of use and misuse.
With wit and good humor, this handy little book not only saves us from sticky linguistic situations but also provides fascinating cocktail-party-ready anecdotes. Entries reveal how to pronounce boatswain like an old salt on the deck of a ship, trompe l'oeil like a bona fide art expert, and haricot vert like a foodie, while arming us with the knowledge of why certain words are correctly pronounced the "slangy" way (they came about before dictionaries), what stalks of grain have to do with pronunciation, and more. With bonus sidebars like "How to Sound like a Seasoned Traveler" and "How to Sound Cultured," readers will be able to speak about foreign foods and places, fashion, philosophy, and literature with authority.
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About the Author
ROSS PETRAS and KATHRYN PETRAS are the authors of the #1 best-selling page-a-day calendar The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said (now in its 21st year with over 4.5 million copies sold), Wretched Writing, It Always Seems Impossible Until It's Done, The Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry, and more. Their work has received the attention of personalities like David Brinkley and Howard Stern and media outlets including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Cosmopolitan, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and the London Times. They have appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows including Good Morning America, CNN, and Fox and Friends.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Missed pronounced words happen often. Just by the look of the word, it may appear to be said a certain way, but sometimes it isn't exactly correct. However, the book, You're Saying It Wrong by Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras is full of familiar words we see often and pronounced totally wrong! Sometimes it might not be an issue, but when you are in front of a group of people or speaking with a few employees, friends, or even family, you really don't want to sound ridiculous or silly by mistakenly pronouncing a word incorrectly. I think it actually makes you seem not as smart or professional. Though we all do it, it's natural to not pronounce every work correctly. Also by location, the words are said differently as well. In this book, you will learn a few ways to pronounce the word, if available. Some actually only have the one correct way to pronounce it, and you will also learn the meaning and where it originated from. This is a type of dictionary, with a little more to it. There are only 150 commonly used words, which many may be used more often, while a few are still aren't as much. However, this book is very well designed for the ones who love to perfect their knowledge and pronunciation of words.
If you're someone who mentally corrects people when they mispronounce a word or just cringes, this book is for you. The Petras use witty etymologies and throw in a few commonly-misused phrases which makes for a quick and entertaining read. No dry English lesson here! Parts of it made me laugh out loud. I originally purchased this as an e-book but enjoyed it so much that I bought the hardcover too.