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 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. (Or as we like to call them, Kathy and Ross.)Each episode Kathy and Ross send a word to Fletcher, and then they convene over the airwaves to hear him pronounce it. Sometimes he gets it right. And sometimes they get to say, "You're Saying It Wrong."
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 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. (Or as we like to call them, Kathy and Ross.)Each episode Kathy and Ross send a word to Fletcher, and then they convene over the airwaves to hear him pronounce it. Sometimes he gets it right. And sometimes they get to say, "You're Saying It Wrong."

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Strong Verbs! | YSIW

"Last night I lay down my book and sunk into a deep sleep." Yep. That's the sentence Fletcher received from Kathy and Ross, and it sent him on an emotional journey.

So... | YSIW

So... why do begin sentences this way? Is it OK? In this episode we take a deep dive into the use (or misuse?) of this little word. We also have a short discussion about the current vs. original pronunciations of "gerrymander" in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on partisan gerrymandering. So... you should probably go ahead and listen, don't ya think? - You're Saying It Wrong was recorded and produced at KMUW studios. Thanks to our language experts, Kathy Petras and Ross Petras.

An Avalanche Of Eggcorns! | YSIW

It's an avalanche of eggcorns! Good eggcorns, bad eggcorns, eggcorns it's OK to use, eggcorns you should avoid altogether, and even one eggcorn that's maybe a little bit NSFW. You're Saying It Wrong was recorded and produced at KMUW studios. Thanks to our language experts, Kathy Petras and Ross Petras. You can follow them at their website: kandrpetras.com The show was produced by Fletcher Powell, with help from Beth Golay and Lu Anne Stephens. Episode art was produced by Jordan Kirtley. KMUW

You're Saying It... Right? | YSIW

In this episode we're talking about things you actually probably get right . But you get them right without realizing what you're doing.

We've Entered A Language Penumbra | YSIW

This episode, we're back to words you might think you know, but that you just might be using incorrectly — brought to you by the letter "P".

With These Words, Maybe We Shouldn't Try | YSIW

Sometimes there are words that really don't mean what they look like they mean. And to avoid confusion, it's probably best you just don't use them.

It's Time For A Little Housekeeping | YSIW

Now that we have 17 episodes behind us, it's time for a little housekeeping. No, we're not debating the pronunciation of the word "housekeeping," but instead are cleaning up a few odds and ends, answering questions raised from recent episodes.

Sufferin' Succotash! The Tricky Double 'C' | YSIW

Fletcher turned the tables on Kathy and Ross and selected a word for them in this episode. How do you say flaccid ? Or succinct ? How about accessory ? Those double 'c' words are becoming tricky!

Hyperbole & The Magic 'E'| YSIW

On this episode of You're Saying It Wrong, Kathy and Ross explain the notion of the magic "e" . Does that "e" have anything to do to hyperbole , epitome , Hermione , and Aphrodite ? And speaking of Aphrodite, why does hermaphrodite — the combination of Hermes and Aphrodite — play by different rules? It's all here: - You're Saying It Wrong was recorded and produced at KMUW studios. Thanks to our language experts, Kathy Petras and Ross Petras. You can follow them at their website: kandrpetras.com

When 'Jive' Doesn't 'Jibe' In Language | YSIW

In this episode of You're Saying It Wrong , Kathy, Ross and Fletcher discuss jibe vs. jive . They also look at the origins and connotations of "jive" from the 1920s to today. And our listener question asks why we pronounce primer as "primmer" when we're talking about the little instructional booklets, when the rules of English would seem to indicate we should pronounce it with a long "i", like we do when we're talking about an undercoat of paint. So much to discuss... - You're Saying It Wrong

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