Pet Peeve

I’ve been seeing a certain phrase used online a lot lately, and it bugs me.

People are saying "Oh, I read the audio version of [Book Title]."

No, you didn’t. You listened to it. You didn’t read it.

There’s nothing wrong with listening to an audio book; I’m not denigrating that at all. But use the proper verb. You didn’t "read" an audio book, any more than you "heard" a printed book, or "watched" a song on the radio.

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