Say What!?


Words are a beautiful thing, but sometimes they are pronounced in a way that is confusing, counter-intuitive, or different from what you’ve learned. Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras’s You’re Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse presents the history and correct pronunciation of 150 words.

This compact collection of commonly mispronounced words and phrases was both enlightening, reaffirming of my word-nerdiness, and humorously presented. It was a bit of an eye-opener to read some of the words that we’re used to pronouncing in one way that should actually be pronounced in a very different manner, but just sounds wrong, despite being more accurate, because that’s not how many are accustomed to saying it. The humorous asides and punny comments that accompanied each word made this read as less pedantic and more (enjoyably) informative. This book would be even more amazing if it had an audio component that demonstrates the pronunciations, because as fun as it is to talk aloud to yourself, hearing someone else say these words would be helpful.

Overall, I’d give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


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