You're Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words--And Their Tangled Histories of 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 ...more
Now admittedly many of the ...more
What an entertaining, embarrassingly informative resource this is! When you read it, you’ll understand why I say embarrassing. I can almost guarantee that there will be at least ONE word in here that you’ve either been avoiding or worse, you’ve been saying wrong.
There’s a long list of names that are often pronounced not how you’d expect, and I’m not talking about those long, complicated Welsh names. I think most people familiar with England would know that Leicester is pronounced LESS-ter, b ...more
When I first heard about this book, I knew right away it was perfect for me. As a long-time writer, news reporter and copy editor (and now that I've pretty much settled into retirement, an avid reader), I figured getting a mere 150 words correct would be a no-brainer.
Was I right? Well, not exactly.
These words range from "acai" to "zydeco" and are, the b ...more
The author uses humor, puns and word play along with a broad knowledge of language history to make the book fascinating. The words ...more
By their nature, books are different for each reader since each reader brings her own life experiences to the text and interprets it through those expe ...more
I am going to memorize this book. I am one of those people who learned my vocabulary from reading, not from hearing the words spoken by the people around me, and consquently I don't know how to pronounce words I understand when I read.
Take chiaroscuro (kee-ahr-uh-SKYOOR-oh, according to You're Saying it Wr ...more
What an utterly charming little book. I want to immediately buy a copy for myself and all my friends (except for I can't decide if that's a rude gift to give someone). This is not a stodgy, dry book filled with stern lectures on etymology. Rather, it's an accessible, entertaining read that's filled with delightful asides, entertaining tidbits and yes, lots of commonly mispronounced words ...more
You’re Saying It Wrong is a breezy, conversational ...more
A preview copy was provided by the publisher in return for ...more
Nowhere near quality of the average Mark Forsyth book though. ...more
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This compact collection of common ...more
"You're saying it wrong. It's LeviOsa. Not LevioSAR."
Yup. That was the first thing that came into mind when I read the title. Blogging for Books has this in their lineup so I didn't hesitate to snatch it up. Thanks for sending it my way!
So... English. It is not my mother tongue. My English grammar, spelling, and pronunciation are far from perfect although I've seen and heard worse. Much, MUCH worse. I learned English outside the United States, in a classroom environment ever since nursery school ...more
You're standing at the podium, approaching the climax of your speech, when you say that word. For the first time. Out loud. Each and every one of us knows the exquisite anxiety of saying aloud a word you've only ever read silently to yourself. Thankfully, there's a snappy little book out there to help take some of the agony out of public speaking: You're Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words--and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse by Ross and Kathryn...more
This book is a fun, informative collection of words many - if not most - people mispronounce. The listing is alphabetical. Each entry places the phonetic spelling directly below the word at the top of the page, so we immediately know how badly we've mangled the pronunciation. Or, on occasion, we can whoop with pride for getting one right.
Along wit ...more