You Say Tomato: An Amusing and Irreverent Guide to the Most Often Mispronounced Words in the English Language

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Basic Books, Aug 11, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 249 pages
Ever wonder if "vase" is pronounced VASE or VAHZ? If "Pulitzer" is PYOO-lit-zer or PULL-it-ser? If "niche" is NITCH or NEESH?
Whether you're an articulation stickler or (like the rest of us) insecure with pronunciation, R. W. Jackson's "You Say Tomato" is sure to tickle and inform. With subtle, acerbic repartee, Jackson has created a diabolically funny dictionary of words that, as he gleefully points out, even our highest officials grapple with. Are you among the millions who cringe when George W. Bush pronounces "nuclear" as NOOK-lar? Are those TV news reporters correct when they say SAW-di Arabia? (It's SOW-di, right?) How can they be so nay-EEV?
Nothing is sacred with Jackson as lexicophrapher. He trains his sardonic sights on everything from political correctness to pop music, corporate culture to foreign policy, reality shows to the right wing. Prepare yourself for a wickedly irreverent reading experience!

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R. W. Jackson is the author of THE DIABOLICAL DICTIONARY OF MODERN ENGLISH. His idols include Swift, Dr. Johnson, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, P. G. Wodehouse, and George Carlin. He lives in Sun City, Arizona.

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