You're Saying It Wrong

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From KMUW Studios, You're Saying It Wrong is a podcast that looks at what we get wrong--and what we sometimes get right--when it comes to this English language. Hosted by KMUW's Fletcher Powell, each episode features a conversation with the sister and brother who wrote the book on it. Literally. You're Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse is by Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras. (Or as we like to call them, Kathy and Ross.)

Each episode Kathy and Ross send a word to Fletcher, and then they convene over the airwaves to hear him pronounce it. Sometimes he gets it right. And sometimes they get to say, "You're Saying It Wrong."

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Location, location, location. It's important in real estate, and often it determines pronunciation. Especially when the word is a place. This week's word is Gotham. How do you say it?

You're Saying It Wrong host Fletcher Powell and our language experts, Kathy Petras and Ross Petras, tackle "Gotham," as well as Greenwich and the Thames — names of other British places. And don't get us started on the Welsh!

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We're back to food in this episode! (We do love to eat.) This week's word is bruschetta. How do you say it?

You're Saying It Wrong host Fletcher Powell and our language experts, Kathy Petras and Ross Petras, tackle 'bruschetta' as well as other variances often heard in Italian, Southern Italian and New Jersey Italian.

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Have you ever experienced an uninterrupted transition from one piece of music or film scene to another?

We haven't either.

But have you ever experienced gelatinous goo, blue or otherwise, from the sea? We have, too!

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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.)

Introducing: You're Saying It Wrong

Aug 24, 2018

We're so excited to introduce a new podcast from KMUW. You're Saying It Wrong is hosted by KMUW's Fletcher Powell and features lively conversation with the sister and brother team--Kathy and Ross Petras--who wrote the book You're Saying It Wrong. Really. That's the title. And it features 150 of the most commonly mispronounced words and their tangled histories.

Fletcher, Kathy and Ross discuss many words that are not in the book, because as the English language goes, there's a lot we get wrong.

But isn't it great when we get it right?

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