You’re Saying It Wrong

Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras

Publisher: Ten-Speed Press
Publication date: 13-Sep-2016
Date Finished: 18-Oct-2016
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Series: —
Genres: Nonfiction, humanities, language
ISBN: 9780399578083
Source: Blogging For Books
Rating:3 star

For word nerds and grammar geeks, an illustrated 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. -Goodreads


I am one who will avoid a word at all costs if I can’t pronounce it correctly, so this book was an interesting one to stumble across. There are many words in this book that even I have always mispronounced, but then there were also a few phrases that I didn’t realize were mispronounced.  For example, the word “anyway” is commonly mispronounced as “anyways”. In addition to having a pronunciation guide (which admittedly can occasionally be hard to decipher ) each word also has a passage that gives the word or phrase some background.

Overall, this is an interesting book, but it is not necessarily one I would go out and purchase for myself. It would be a great gift for a nerdy friend or a good gag gift for those who often mispronounce everything.

 What have you always mispronounced?

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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