If you’ve ever found yourself hiding behind your menu in a restaurant as you sheepishly point to a dish you can’t pronounce, you’re not alone

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Image: 13 foods people pronounce wrongly all the time

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Correctness can be a tricky thing to nail, so it’s time to address those weird (and frankly wrong) ways people pronounce the names of foods once and for all.


Which of these discombobulating food words winds you up the most?


1. Bruschetta

You say: brooshetta

You should say: broo-sket-tah


That's right, 'ch' in Italian is actually a hard 'c' sound. Try it out for size in your local Pizza Express.

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Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Martin Poole


2. Espresso

You say: ex-presso

You should say: es-presso


There's nowt 'ex' about this presso. 

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3. Quinoa

You say: kwin-oh-ah

You should say: keen-wah


Sometimes it's best not to question these things.

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Via: Homemade

Get the recipe: Leek and pea quinotto


4. Prosciutto

You say: pro-scoot-toh
You should say: Proh-shoo-toh


Go on, shoo away that hard 'c' sound.

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5. Acai

You say: ah-ce

You should say: ah-sigh-ee


Useful to know if you consider yourself a health hipster.

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Via: Instagram/PureJungleAcai


6. Gnocchi

You say: nyawk-kee

You should say: nyuh-kee


Imagine you're ordering something yucky. Nyuh-kee.

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7. Chorizo

You say: Chore-itz-zo
You should say: Chore-eetz-zo (Spanish accent optional)


Bonus points for the Spanish lisp.

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8. Chia

You say: ch-ee-ah

You should say: chi-a


Yep, that's news to us too.

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Chia Seeds

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9. Endive

You say: n-dive

You should say: on-deev


It's French, darling.

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10. Anise

You say: a-niece 

You should say: an-iss 


Honestly. Just trying to catch you out. 

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Via: Thor/CC BY-SA 2.0/adapted/Flickr: geishaboy500


11. Quesadilla

You say: key-sa-dill-ah

You should say: kay-sa-dee-yuh


No extra guac for you if you're pronouncing those Ls. 

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Courgette and white bean quesadillas

Via: Homemade


12. Boudin

You say: Ok, you don't

You should say: boo-dan


It's basically black pudding. Why can't we just say that?

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13. Bouillabaisse

You say: boul-a-bayz

You should say: boo-yah-behss


Something fishy's going on.

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14. Chipotle

You say: chip-ottle

You should say: chi-poat-lay


Because some words were invented to confuse you.

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15. Ceviche 

You say: se-vee-che

You should say: seh-bee-tche


Logic left the room a long time ago.

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16. Dauphinois

You say: doh-fin-nose

You should say: doh-fan-wa


We say: mmm, potatoes.

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Via: Homemade

Get the recipe: Potato dauphinoise


17. Edamame

You say: ed-a-mam-ee

You should say: ed-a-marm-eh


Silly beans.

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18. Rioja

You say: ri-oc-ka

You should say: ree-o-ha

Got that? Then try tem-prah-NEE-yoh. 

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19. Maraschino

You say: maras-chee-no

You should say: ma-ra-skeeno


Well, that just takes the cherry.

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20. Pho

You say: Help!

You should say: foe or fuh (depending on the region)


Pho realz.

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Via: Homemade

Get the recipe: Salmon pho


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