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  • Published: 19 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780399581274
  • Imprint: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $25.00
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That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

The 150 Most Commonly Misused Words and Their Tangled Histories



An entertaining and informative guide to the most common 150 words even smart people use incorrectly, along with pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and tangled histories of use and misuse.

An entertaining and informative guide to the most common 150 words even smart people use incorrectly, along with pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and tangled histories of use and misuse.

Even the most erudite among us use words like apocryphal, facetious, ironic, meteorite, moot, redundant, and unique incorrectly every day. Don’t be one of them. Using examples of misuse from leading newspapers, prominent public figures and famous writers, among others, language gurus Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras explain how to avoid these perilous pitfalls in the English language. Each entry also includes short histories of how and why these mistake have happened, some of the (often surprisingly nasty) debates about which uses are (and are not) mistakes, and finally, how to use these words correctly … or why to not use them at all.  By the end of this book, every literati will be able to confidently, casually, and correctly toss in an “a priori” or a “limns” without hesitation.

  • Published: 19 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780399581274
  • Imprint: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $25.00
Categories:

Praise for That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Praise for You're Saying It Wrong: "[Contains] instructions ostensibly designed to make pronunciation a forte. (It's pronounced "fort," by the way.) And designed, too, to spare you the particular strain of embarrassment that results when you learn that you have been pretentiously mispronouncing the name of your already-pretentious sparkling water. You're Saying It Wrong acknowledges that most modern of problems: the fact that so many of us learn words not by hearing them, but by reading them." --the Atlantic "The best way to consume this book is in a room full of people who are from different parts of the country and have good senses of humor. Ask them how they pronounce each word that doesn't seem obvious. Let the frustration and laughter and discussion ensue."--The Awl

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