You're Saying It Wrong From KMUW Studios, You're Saying It Wrong is a podcast that looks at what we get wrong—and what we sometimes get right—when it comes to this English language. Hosted by KMUW's Fletcher Powell, each episode features a conversation with Kathy Petras and Ross Petras, the sister and brother who wrote the book on it. Literally. "You're Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse" is by Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras.
You're Saying It Wrong

You're Saying It Wrong

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From KMUW Studios, You're Saying It Wrong is a podcast that looks at what we get wrong—and what we sometimes get right—when it comes to this English language. Hosted by KMUW's Fletcher Powell, each episode features a conversation with Kathy Petras and Ross Petras, the sister and brother who wrote the book on it. Literally. "You're Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse" is by Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras.

Most Recent Episodes

Shakespeare: He made up a lot of words

This week, Kathy and Ross quiz Fletcher on a list of words that may or may not have been coined by Shakespeare. You might be surprised by which ones we still use today.

British-isms

We look at why Americans love to talk like our friends from across the pond— or like to think that's what we're doing.

The Good Kind of Stress

Today we're looking at sentence stress and how the meaning of a sentence can completely change depending on which words you emphasize.

A message from You're Saying It Wrong

Ouch! Unfortunately, we won't have an episode this week, because even more unfortunately, one of us had an accident and sustained a not-insignificant personal injury. Everything's basically ok, but, you know, it hurts, so we need a week off. Sorry about that, and we'll see you next week!

Return of the Confusables

We get back to one of our favorite topics: Words that sound a lot like other words but have totally different meanings.

Weird Word Origins

We look at some words that we think are related to other words, but actually aren't. Except sometimes they are.

Pretending to be proper

We look at some "rules" of the language that were mostly just made up so people could feel like they were speaking proper English.

Sticky, tricky grammar moments

We run through some particularly confusing grammar mistakes and how sometimes we might think we're saying one thing when we're really saying another.

Psilence!

We run through a few of the many, many English words that contain silent letters and some of the baffling reasons we pronounce those words the way we do.

The Latin Craze

We dig into why certain words are spelled ridiculously thanks to a bunch of scholars a few hundred years ago who got a little too nutso about making everything look Latin.