….the book you're looking for does not have an Arthur.* It has an author. See how these words are spelled differently? They are also pronounced differently. This is one of those daily occurrences that I wish I could overlook, but at some point this mispronunciation became like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. It's not a regional affectation because I've heard it at every bookstore in the country I've worked at. It transcends any sort of pattern or stereotype or group of people. I have even heard some of my co-workers say it. (Not the good ones. The ones who should clearly not be working in book retail, as the give the rest of us a bad name.)
So, as a public service I would ask everyone reading to be vigilant and don't be afraid to correct people as they continually butcher this poor, defenseless word. Say it with me now – AUTHOR. Awe-thor. Not Arthur. Unless you need Death of a Salesman.
*Other things with an Arthur – Sir Conan Doyle, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the kids books with the cute aardvark, the mythical English king.....the list goes on.
BookWench is re-reading Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde so she can refresh her brain before reading One of Our Thursdays Is Missing.
Sorry this one was short, my muse went out for coffee and cigarettes and has yet to come back….