An entertaining and informative guide to the most common 150 words even smart people use incorrectly, along with pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and tangled histories of use and misuse.
KATHRYN PETRAS and ROSS 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), You're Saying It Wrong, and many other best-selling humor and gift books. 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 (about menopause), CNN (about bad poetry), and Fox and Friends (about Paris Hilton).
Praise for You're Saying It Wrong
"[Contains] instructions ostensibly designed to make
pronunciation a forte. (It's pronounced "fort," by the way.) And
designed, too, to spare you the particular strain of embarrassment
that results when you learn that you have been pretentiously
mispronouncing the name of your already-pretentious sparkling
water. You're Saying It Wrong acknowledges that most modern
of problems: the fact that so many of us learn words not by hearing
them, but by reading them."
--the Atlantic "The best way to consume this book is in a room full of people who are from different parts of the country and have good senses of humor. Ask them how they pronounce each word that doesn't seem obvious. Let the frustration and laughter and discussion ensue."--The Awl