These Are The 6 Most Commonly Mispronounced Food Words, From Bruschetta To Gyro (And How To Pronounce Them)

By 10.03.16

A new book published last month by Ross and Kathryn Petras titled You’re Saying it Wrong has listed the most commonly mispronounced words in the English language, and across the web a few large publishers have honed in on this book calling out the most commonly mispronounced food words. I now plan on buying this book for both my mom and dad this year at Christmas, as they have made it their life’s work to butcher every word in existence as brutally as they possibly can, and then they flip shit when I correct them. Henceforth, I’ll just consult this book (available HERE on Amazon) and show it to them instead, avoiding an argument about me being condescending.

Anyways, here are the 6 most commonly mispronounced ‘food’ words AND how to pronounce them correctly (via NYPost):

gnocchi [NYAW-kee]: Online food delivery service Eat 24 puts gnocchi in their top-10 list of mispronounced food words. The problem is that the Italian gn actually has an ny sound.

gyro [YEE-ro]: Most Americans pronounce gyro with an English soft g sound (as with gyroscope, which has the same origin). But to the Greek guy slicing your meat, that sounds very, very wrong.

pho [fuh]: Here’s a well-known foodie joke to remind you how to pronounce these delicious Vietnamese noodles: Q: What do you call a line in a Vietnamese noodle shop? A: Pho queue.

quinoa [KEEN-wah]: Another one of the most mispronounced food words, quinoa looks like it should be pronounced “KWIN-oh-ah” not “KEEN-wah” — which is correct.

Moët & Chandon [Mwett eh SHA-doh]: Want to sound like a true sophisticate? Pronounce the final t in Moët.

Bonus two:

Croissant: pronounced ‘KWAH-SAHNT’

and

Bruschetta: pronounced broo-SKEH-tah (with a ‘K’)

So there you have it, the most commonly mispronounced words in use today. If, like me, you fucking HATE when people repeatedly mispronounce words and also feel mortified when you find out that you yourself are mispronouncing something then you can pick up ‘You’re Saying it Wrong’ by Ross and Kathryn Petras HERE ON AMAZON FOR LESS THAN $10!!

(h/t NYPost)

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