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You're Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words--and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse - Ross Petras, Kathryn Petras
You're Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words--and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse
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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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780399578083 (0399578080)
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Pages no: 182
Edition language: English
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Tannat
Tannat rated it
2.0 You’re Saying It Wrong by Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras
*Hisses at book* There. That’s over with. I found this book more annoying than informative as you may have guessed if you were following my status updates. The authors supposedly chose their pronunciation representations based on what looks easiest to understand but I frequently struggled to inter...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.5 You're Saying It Wrong
Subtitle: A pronunciation guide to the 150 most commonly mispronounced words and their tangled histories of misuse. It's pretty straightforward: a word per page, with the correct usage, how it's mispronounced and this historical reasons for both the correct and incorrect usage, sometimes more spec...
Jessica's Book Thoughts
Jessica's Book Thoughts rated it
4.0 You're Saying it Wrong
This is a fun, informative read. I had a blast having my husband try to pronounce some of them. Who the heck knew that gyros pronounced YEE roh? This starts with acai and stops at zydeco. Each entry has a history bind the word, a definition,and a proper pronunciation. I do like that some of the en...
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