You're Saying It Wrong

You're Saying It Wrong

A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words--and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse

Book - 2016 | First edition
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For word nerds and grammar geeks, an illustrated 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.
Publisher: Berkeley : [2016]. Ten Speed Press,
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399578083
0399578080
Branch Call Number: ANF 421.54 PETR
Characteristics: ix, 181 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Petras, Kathryn
Alternative Title: You are saying it wrong

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