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The Warmth Of The Athletic Hamster | YSIW

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

"The Warmth of the Athletic Hamster."

This is the sentence Fletcher received from Kathy and Ross. Say it aloud, and you'll probably hear epenthesis, the pronunciation of letters that are not there: "p" in warmth and hamster, perhaps an extra "a" in athletic.

This discussion prompts the trio to recall instances where they've heard others mispronounce words through epentheses: Fletcher revisits elementary school, though he won't name names; and Ross and Kathy... well, sorry, Uncle Jim.


You're Saying It Wrong was recorded and produced at KMUW studios. 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. Art was produced by Jordan Kirtley. KMUW engineers are Mark Statzer and Torin Andersen. You're Saying It Wrong the book was published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, as was their new book, That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means. You can find the books at your local independent bookstore.

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.