Tuesday, January 3 – You’re Saying it Wrong

This week on Bibliocracy — Tuesday at noon — my guest is Ross Petras.  He and his sister Kathryn are a research team who’ve written many funny, esoteric and engaging novelty books, the kind of joyful compendia which poke fun or instruct or explore an element of pop sociology or politics, as their The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said.  Their latest project aims directly, lethally, for a language-lover’s heart, and does even more than only entertain.  You’re Saying it Wrong:  A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words – and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse is both a nifty coffee table book and perfect gift but also, in its way, a completely sincere invitation to join them in a smart, informed, joyful discussion of scholarship, etymology, etiquette, politics and more.  I talk today with Ross Petras, half of the writing duo behind You’re Saying it Wrong, about the research, writing and editing he and his sister performed to create a lovely little book about a big, engaging, inviting topic.  Naturally, he reads exemplary passages, each exploring the mispronunciation of a word which deserves so much better.