(Review posted within one week of publication date, no earlier, per publisher request.) Thanks to YOU'RE SAYING IT WRONG: A PRONUNCIATION GUIDE TO THE 150 MOST COMMONLY MISPRONOUNCED WORDS AND THEIR TANGLED HISTORIES OF MISUSE, by Ross and Kathryn Petras, I will never, ever forget how to pronounce the Vietnamese menu word for the soup I love so much: "pho". The hilarious naughty little joke shared within is forever embedded in my memory and will be "preventive" of future errors. (And saved me from another common usage one right here!).
You don't have to be a grammar nut to love this short and sweet guide of mispronounced words. I laughed, caught out, on a number of words which I might READ and understand correctly but which do slide off my tongue casually with letters misplaced, added or missed.
The blunder "Tumeric" instead of the correct TURMERIC. It's REMUNERATION- not "renumeration": the municipality is the source of the cash, not a number. And, TRIATHLON doesn't have that extra syllable most of us tend to slip in; there is not a word "the" anywhere to be found in triathlon! ! And, then there is that soup
The little anecdotes and notes on the origins of the words are not at all high falutin'; the Greek, Latin, French, German or Dutch roots make no difference when their thoroughness is tempered with terrific humour about the goofiness of the English language. Naughty or nice, my list for mispronouncing friends and family (and aren't we all! ) this Christmas will definitely include "You're Saying It Wrong".
Oh, yes That great mnemonic with its naughty twist, to remember how to pronounce "pho" Get in line to get your copy of this terrific little reference book to find the answer to that and many other conundrums.
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Published September 13, 2016, Ten Speed Press