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That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means Hardcover – 4 Sep 2018

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: TEN SPEED PRESS (19 November 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780399581274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399581274
  • ASIN: 0399581278
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 18.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

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Christine Serendipity Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars Explains a lot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice gift idea. Good for personal collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a good book if you are questionable about word usage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What I did not know
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great learning tool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Words so close, yet so far!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart book.
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