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

You're Spelling It Wrong | YSIW

Kathy and Ross challenge Fletcher to a spelling bee, as they tackle some of the English language's most commonly misspelled words and Fletcher immediately regrets bragging about how good he is at spelling.

Pretentious Confusables | YSIW

Kathy, Ross & Fletcher dip back into their bag of commonly confused words with some particularly pretentious examples.

It's Time To Execute The Contronym Discussion | YSIW

We continue with our discussion of contronyms by jumping into some seemingly simple words that turn out to have some complicated meanings. And the summer heat has made us a little loopy, which means we devolve into just a bit of toilet humor (PG-rated, of course), so... be warned!

Sanction? Oversight? Let's Have Fun With Some Contronyms | YSIW

Do you trim the tree before you trim the tree? Do you have to dust after you dust a cake? Today we're looking at contronyms (or antagonyms, or enantiosemy, or Janus words, or...), those cases where a single word can have two completely opposite meanings.

Flapdoodle Words (Part 2: The Sequel) | YSIW

Kathy, Ross & Fletcher explore a few more redundant words and phrases!

Flapdoodle Words

This week, Kathy and Ross bring us a list of what they call "flapdoodle words," words that are redundant and just kind of junk things up. Or do they? Some of them might be kind of useful!

Some Good News! (And a Little Warning.)

No more limits! All You're Saying It Wrong episodes will be available in one fell swoop!

We're Flat Fine With These Adverbs | YSIW

Today, Kathy and Ross teach Fletcher about "flat adverbs," which look just like their adjective counterparts, but are still... adverbs. Think fast! Drive safe! Who needs that pesky -ly ending? Not these words.

It's The Wild West Out Here! | YSIW

Today we take a big step back and answer a common listener question about exactly why we don't talk that much about "The Rules" of English. Spoiler: THERE AREN'T ANY! (Ok, we're kidding, there are some.)

Mailbag Day! Or, We Lay Waste (to) The English Language | YSIW

We dip into some listener questions, including one about our recent "reflexive pronouns" discussion and one that has us revisit a topic from an earlier episode and that whole lie/lay/laid/lain confusion. Spoiler: Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton are both wrong!