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

Come Sit With Us a Spell

After we puzzle over some words Kathy and Ross recently found in the news, we'll tackle a list of the English language's most misspelled words. Two billion tweets can't be wrong, can they? (Yes, they can, and are.)

Get My Agentive Suffix On the Phone!

Turns out agentive suffixes are popular! We tackle a number of listener questions we got after our first episode on the topic, and Kathy gets VERY excited about a couple of the words that come up.

Happy Spooky Season

It's the spoooookiest episode we've ever had, as we dive into the roots of the scary words we hear each Halloween. Vampires! Werewolves! Witches and Warlocks! Press play... if you dare...

Secret Agentive Suffix Man! - YSIW

A listener asks why some words end in -er, while other similar words end in -or, like "seller" vs. "vendor," or "supervisor" vs. "manager." My friend, you may be sorry you asked!

Mangrove Peat Accretion | YSIW

WARNING: There is some very heated sibling rivalry in this episode, about some things we never would have expected (that title is a hint).

SAT Prep

OK, kids! The SATs are coming up, and we've got your perfect study guide right here! We look at some words that tend to trip people up, or maybe that you've never even heard before at all. Disclaimer: We don't actually know how the SAT even works anymore.

Separated by a Common Language, Part 2

Our discussion of spelling differences between American English and British English continues.

Separated by a Common Language

On one side, you have people spelling it "realise," on the other, it's "realize." And the poor Canadians are caught right in the middle.

Wait... Is There a Difference? Part 2

After we take another (brief) run at the lie/lay problem, we continue our discussion of words we often use interchangeably that might actually have different meanings.

Wait... Is There a Difference?

A listener question has us talking about words we often use interchangeably that actually might mean different things.