Kathy Petras & Ross Petras

Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras, a sister and brother team, are the authors of many non-fiction books including the New York Times bestseller You’re Saying It Wrong, That Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means, Very Bad Poetry, and Wretched Writing.  They also have compiled a series of bestselling quote books such as Age Doesn’t Matter Unless You’re a Cheese and It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done, as well as the annual bestselling page-a-day calendar The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said (now in its 24th year — with over 4.8 million copies sold) and its counterpart The 365 Smartest Things Ever Said.  Their work has received the attention of, or has been featured in, diverse media outlets including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Bustle, the Atlantic Monthly, the London Times, and McSweeney’s. They have also been a guests on hundreds of radio shows and tv shows, including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox & Friends, and NPR’s Here and Now.  

Ross collects (and sells) rare books (chiefly early printed books in Latin and Greek).  He reads, writes or speaks, with (very varying) degrees of proficiency Latin, Greek, Arabic and French, and loves reading — and watching – vintage sci fi and 1930s romantic comedy.  Kathy is a noir film and novel fiend, a bad joke aficionado and committer of dreadful puns, a collector and seller of pulp art prints, and is proud to say she was on Jeopardy (but, sadly, came in third – and only won a designer watch). They both are word nuts, quote fiends and (they must admit) sometimes annoying grammar pedants.  Their web site is kandrpetras.com.

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Welcome back to You're Saying It Wrong, the podcast! 

For each episode, Kathy Petras and Ross Petras—our sister-and-brother team of language experts—send Fletcher a word. He's not allowed to look up the pronunciation, he just has to call the Petrases and tell them how he thinks he's supposed to say it. The conversation is recorded and we all get to listen in!

The word for this episode is draught.

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This is You're Saying It Wrong, the podcast! If you listened past the credits of episodes 1 and 2, you know that Fletcher is good about tagging on "one more thing" to each podcast. Episode 3 is no exception.

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We're back! Welcome to Episode 2 of You're Saying It Wrong, the podcast! 

A reminder of how the podcast works: For each episode, Kathy Petras and Ross Petras — our sister-and-brother team of language experts — send Fletcher a word. He's not allowed to look up the pronunciation, he just has to call the Petrases and tell them how he thinks he's supposed to say it. The conversation is recorded and we all get to listen in!

The word for this episode is comptroller.

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If you're looking for the inaugural episode of the You're Saying It Wrong podcast, you've found it! In this episode, our host, Fletcher Powell, will introduce us to our language experts, sister and brother team Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras, who literally wrote the book on the subject: You're Saying It Wrong. (We stole the title, which is fine, because we stole them, too.)