You’re Saying It Wrong – Book Review

December 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Adult Book Reviews

Book Title:  You’re Saying It Wrong

Authors:  Ross and Kathryn Petras

Published by:  Ten Speed Press

Purchase on Amazon (click here) 

Amazon info:  For word nerds and grammar geeks, a witty guide to the most commonly mispronounced words, along with their correct pronunciations and pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and histories of use and misuse.

With wit and good humor, this handy little book not only saves us from sticky linguistic situations but also provides fascinating cocktail-party-ready anecdotes. Entries reveal how to pronounce boatswain like an old salt on the deck of a ship, trompe l’oeil like a bona fide art expert, and haricot vert like a foodie, while arming us with the knowledge of why certain words are correctly pronounced the “slangy” way (they came about before dictionaries), what stalks of grain have to do with pronunciation, and more. With bonus sidebars like “How to Sound like a Seasoned Traveler” and “How to Sound Cultured,” readers will be able to speak about foreign foods and places, fashion, philosophy, and literature with authority.

My rating: 3.5 stars
My review:
It’s a fun read but I agree with a couple of the other reviewers – some of the suggested words were pretty common knowledge. Others, however, I’d never seen before, so I just enjoyed paging through it and learning a little bit here and there. A little pricey for the content, but it’s a nice, hardback book that would be great to place on a coffee table or in the loo for random reading!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write this review. All thoughts are my own.

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