You're Saying It Wrong

Series produced by KMUW

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Tricky pronunciations, language controversies, grammar pet peeves, the weird, wild history of everyday words, and everything else we love about this bizarre language we call English, we’ve got it all!

Host Fletcher Powell is joined each week by Kathy and Ross Petras, siblings and language experts who’ve written numerous books about English and its quirks and pitfalls. The trio approach language with humor, curiosity, and lots and lots of laughter, in a show more than a few people have called “Car Talk for language.”


5 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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We look at some very old words that used to mean something, but that we now only see in very specific instances.

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  • Added: May 16, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Some of us (Fletcher) can never keep straight what, exactly, the subjunctive is, so fortunately Kathy and Ross are here to remind us.

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  • Added: May 09, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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We have fun with rhetoric and some commonly used rhetorical devices, including how we might be using them even when we don't realize it.

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  • Added: May 02, 2024
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 2
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We look at some names of famous people that, when you pronounce them correctly, can let people know you're an expert... or a snob.

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2024
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 2
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Who are we? What are we doing here? This episode will introduce listeners to host Fletcher Powell and language experts Kathy Petras and Ross Petras...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2024
  • Length: 28:59
  • Purchases: 2