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."

Most Recent Episodes

Prefixes Leave Us Plussed | YSIW

Can we be combobulated? Or gruntled? Not Fletcher. He's been disgruntled and discombobulated thinking about this subject for a long time. He's turning the tables in this episode and asking Kathy and Ross about prefixes on words that might not be words without said prefixes. (And the Petrases remained nonplussed.)

Did 'They' Say It Wrong? | YSIW

Merriam-Webster just added to their definition of the word "they" to indicate it's being used as a non-binary gender pronoun. We happen to think that the singular "they" is excellent. As did Shakespeare and Ben Jonson. In fact, the singular "they" can be traced back to 1375.

Precision In Language | YSIW

In this episode, Fletcher, Kathy & Ross talk about precision in language: why it's good, why it's bad, why we like it, and why we sometimes just need to let it go.

Which-Hunting: Throwing Out The Rules! | YSIW

OK, lotsa complicated stuff this time. First, we cover using "who" vs. "that" in a sentence, as in "I'm the one who loves you" vs. "I'm the one that loves you." And we move on to "that" vs. "which" in restrictive and non-restrictive clauses. (You might want to get some paper to draw a diagram here.) And we learn when to use "shall" vs. "will." Or if any of it matters at all!

Do-Gooders | YSIW

Here's a question for you: How are you? A simple question shouldn't make you squirm so much, should it?

When It Comes To Hypercorrectiveness, Woe Are We | YSIW

In this episode, we're talking about using "I" vs. "me" in a sentence ("between you and I" or "between you and me"), who vs. whom , and how people "hypercorrect" and work so hard to get things right that they go too far and end up getting them wrong.

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.

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