The 20 Most Commonly Mispronounced Food Words
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|Those are beignets back there.|
Proper pronunciation: ben-yey.
Guanciale: One of the most difficult cured meats to wrap our American lips around, this one is most definitely not pronounced "gwan-see-ale."
Proper pronunciation: WAHN-chall-eh (hear it yourself).
Coppa: Seeing as how there's about to be a restaurant with this name -- it's replacing the now-closed Catalan -- here's your chance to learn how to pronounce this delicious cured meat.
Proper pronunciation: KOH-pa (hear it yourself).
Kibbeh: Although it's tempting to barrel through this one like you're saying "kibble," there's a subtle stop between the two "B"s in this word.
Proper pronunciation: KIB-bay or KIB-beh (hear it yourself)
Sriracha: The red rooster sauce seems be in every refrigerator and in every peppery mayonnaise sauce these days, but people still get confused when trying to say it aloud. Proper pronunciation: According to the official website, it's shree-ra-cha.
Bruschetta: Contrary to popular belief, bruschetta is not a mixture of tomatoes, garlic and onion, nor is it pronounced "broo-shet-uh." It's roasted bread rubbed with garlic and olive oil, topped with any number of different items.
Photo by penguincakes Bruschetta topped with tomatoes, capers and onions.
Proper pronunciation: broo-sket-ah.
Haricot vert: Upscale restaurants love to use this French term for thin, green string beans, even if they're just serving regular old green beans.
Proper pronunciation: ah-ree-koh VEHR.
Bouillabaisse: Like vichyssoise (vee-shee-swahz), this is a soup that can be difficult for an American to get right. So many consonants
Proper pronunciation: boo-ya-bes.
Quesadilla: And yet, even with all of the mispronunciations of jalapeño, the butchering of quesadilla stands out even more. Kweez-a-dill-uh? Madre de dios.
Proper pronunciation: key-suh-dee-uh.
And if these weren't enough, check out our list of 20 more commonly mispronounced food words, including a tutorial on the difference between macarons and macaroons.
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