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Moët. Are You Saying It Wrong?

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

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.)

Here's how the podcast works: For each episode, Kathy and Ross will 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 was Moët.

But we also touched on foyer, coup de grace, and more.

Are you saying them wrong?


You're Saying It Wrong was recorded and produced at KMUW studios. Heartfelt 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 and all of the graphics were produced by Jordan Kirtley. KMUW Engineers are Mark Statzer and Torin Andersen. Special thanks to Jon Cyphers, for engineering assistance early in the project, to Brian Grimmett, for agreeing to say something wrong for this episode, and to all the folks at Ten Speed Press and Penguin Random House, who helped us get in touch with Kathy and Ross when we proposed this crazy idea.

Thanks for joining us. We'll be back in two weeks!

Follow You're Saying It Wrong on Twitter @YSIWpod.

Fletcher Powell has worked at KMUW since 2009 as a producer, reporter, and host. He's been the host of All Things Considered since 2012 and KMUW's movie critic since 2016. Fletcher is a member of the Critics Choice Association.
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 both are word nuts, quote fiends and (they must admit) sometimes annoying grammar pedants.  Their web site is kandrpetras.com.