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You're Saying It Wrong : A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words and Their
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An entertaining and informative guide to the most commonly mispronounced words, along with their correct pronunciations and pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and tangled histories of use and misuse.We've all experienced the mortification that ensues when we attempt to say a word that we suddenly realize we have absolutely no idea how to say properly. This handy little book saves you from those sticky linguistic situations--and provides additional fascinating cocktail-party-ready anecdotes. Pithy entries reveal how to pronounce boatswain like an old salt on the deck of a ship,trompe l'oeil like a bona fide art expert, and haricot vert like a foodie, while arming you with the knowledge of why certain words are correctly pronounced the "slangy" way" (they came about before dictionaries), what stalks of grain have to do with pronunciation, and more. With bonus sidebars like "How to Sound like a Seasoned Traveler" and "How to Sound Cultured," readers will be able to speak on the worlds of foreign foods and places, fashion, philosophy, and literature with authority.
Number of Pages: 181
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Popular Culture, Vocabulary
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Ross Petras & Kathryn Petras
Street Date: September 13, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-8927
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