Here are 11 foods you're pronouncing wrong

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Of all the ones I have actually heard of, I have been doing it correctly.

Do you say the "t" in croissant? Here are 11 foods you're pronouncing wrong

THIS isn't about food snobbery. This isn't about being a know-it-all foodie-nista. This is about pronouncing the stuff we all eat and drink in the correct way.
And then it's about making your friends feel dumber than you. Or not. That bit's up to you.

Let's start with an easy-to-say, much-loved family favourite.

SCHNITZEL

PEOPLE SAY: "Snitzel" or "snitchel".

IT SHOULD BE: The trick is to get that "h" sound in. Forget about the silent "c". Just say "sh". Then "nitzel". Shhhnitzel. Too easy. Bet we know what you're having for dinner tonight.

CROISSANT

PEOPLE SAY: This flaky French pastry which occupies an uncertain yet delicious space between bread and cake is one of the most commonly mispronounced foods. People pronounce the "t" at the end, which is wrong, and say the "r" in the English way. Also wrong.

IT SHOULD BE: If you can't roll a French "r", the best bet is to substitute a "w". If you say "cwa-son", that'll be close enough.


If you click on this image, a croissant will appear on your desk or lap right now. Sorry, only teasing.

SUSHI

PEOPLE SAY: "Sooshi", where the "oo" sound is soft as in the words "sooky" or "sooty".

IT SHOULD BE: The "oo" sound should be a little stronger. Maybe not quite as strong as the word "food" but closer to "food" than "good".


If you press the little orange button, one of these will pop up in your hand right now. Naaah, just teasing again.

HUMMUS

PEOPLE SAY: "Hommus"

IT SHOULD BE: There are many spelling variations, but you should always say this delicious middle eastern chickpea paste with a soft "u" sound as in "pull", not an "o" sound.


Ya gotta have a sense of hummus about these things.

PIDE

PEOPLE SAY: Pide as in "ride".

IT SHOULD BE: This delicious Turkish pizza which is a popular late night post-pub snack should be pronounced "pee-day".


It’s pide as in “bidet”. Hang on, bad choice of rhyming words.

SAUVIGNON BLANC

PEOPLE SAY: "Sav blanc"

IT SHOULD BE: It's supposed to be "sauv" blanc where the "sauv" rhymes with the word "stove" and "blanc" rhymes with "tonk". But it's kind of an Aussie tradition to go the bottle-o and pick up a bottle of sav-blanc. So we won't be snobs and will leave this one up to you. Same deal for its red cousin cabernet sauvignon, aka "cab sav".


Lighten up. There’s no need to switch from “sav” to sauv” unless you really want to.

QUINOA

PEOPLE SAY: Almost every pronunciation under the sun, especially "kwi-no-uh".

IT SHOULD BE: The correct pronunciation for these South American seeds which are very popular and eaten like grain is "kinwa".


Looks like sand and let’s be honest, it tastes a lot like sand too.

JARLSBERG CHEESE

PEOPLE SAY: Jarlsberg with a "J".

IT SHOULD BE: "Yarlsberg" or you'll make your Norwegian friends very upset.


There’s Norway you should pronounce that J.

MOËT ET CHANDON

PEOPLE SAY: "Mo-ee" like the Victorian town of Moe or Mo-ay a la teh French pronunciation

IT SHOULD BE: This expensive champagne should be pronounced "Mo-wet", although you're excused for saying it however you like after a bottle or two. The clue to the unusual French pronunciation is the two dots above the "e".


A bottler of a view. Well, for Brisbane anyway. Pic Mark Calleja

GOZLEME

PEOPLE SAY: "Gozleemee"

IT SHOULD BE: This increasingly popular Turkish friend bread needs a bit of practice. First say "gir" as in "girl". Then "le-meh". "Girz-lemeh" isn't exactly right but it's a lot closer than "gozleemee".


And in other news, triangular food tastes better than rectangular food. Discuss.

PHO

PEOPLE SAY: "Foe" as in friend or foe

IT SHOULD BE: This fragrant Vietnamese beef soup should be pronounced "fur" as in the fluffy stuff your cat has. Just don't pronounce the "r".


Oh pho cryin’ out loud.

Which ones do you get right or wrong? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter at @newscomauHQ @antsharwood

SPECIAL BONUS: How to pronounce the popular Vietnamese surname Nguyen


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Never heard of pide. Looks delicious.
 

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Nothing is douchier than when people throw around "proper ethnic pronunciations" like it makes them sophisticated and worldly... no... it just makes you sound like a douche.

"I'll be traveling to South America and visiting 'Watemala' next year."

Or the absolute worse is the Eye-talian American gindaloons with their "mootzarel" and "gabagool"... ugh... stop it, you're about as Italian as Chef Boy-Ar-Dee. Stop your foolishness.
 

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Nothing is douchier than when people throw around "proper ethnic pronunciations" like it makes them sophisticated and worldly... no... it just makes you sound like a douche.

"I'll be traveling to South America and visiting 'Watemala' next year."

Or the absolute worse is the Eye-talian American gindaloons with their "mootzarel" and "gabagool"... ugh... stop it, you're about as Italian as Chef Boy-Ar-Dee. Stop your foolishness.
I'm just the opposite. I hate it when people pronounce shit wrong...or allow me to continue doing so.

It's Year-ro, not Jye-ro, you fucking savages.
 

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And for God's sake, it's "RAYSH", not "Ras"!



who gives a fuck?
 

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I'm just the opposite. I hate it when people pronounce shit wrong...or allow me to continue doing so.

It's Year-ro, not Jye-ro, you fucking savages.
You are one of those people that I love to torment.

In Norway I pronounced it 'fuh-jord' until everyone wanted to kill me, and my wife wants to slash my throat with a steak knife when I insist on ordering the 'fill-it mig-non' and a side of 'Ass-pear-ah-gus' in every fancy steak joint we go to.

I live to annoy.
 

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You are one of those people that I live to torment.

In Norway I pronounced it 'fuh-jord' until everyone wanted to kill me, and my wife wants to slash my throat with a steak knife when I insist on ordering the 'fill-it mig-non' and a side of 'Ass-pear-ah-gus' in every fancy steak joint we go to.

I live to annoy.
Wait, how do you think you pronounce asparagus? I grew up literally blocks from asparagus fields. The proper pronunciation is Ass-pair-uh-gus.
 

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Wait, how do you think you pronounce asparagus? I grew up literally blocks from asparagus fields. The proper pronunciation is Ass-pair-uh-gus.
Yes... that's the proper annoying douche pronunciation.

It's all about the annoyance.
 

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Yes... that's the proper annoying douche pronunciation.

It's all about the annoyance.
Again, how else would you pronounce it? I've heard people jokingly say "ass-per-grass," but that's it.
 

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Again, how else would you pronounce it? I've heard people jokingly say "ass-per-grass," but that's it.
normal human- asspair-uh-gus

douchey Dave- asspair-AH-gus
 

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CROISSANT
PEOPLE SAY: This flaky French pastry which occupies an uncertain yet delicious space between bread and cake is one of the most commonly mispronounced foods. People pronounce the "t" at the end, which is wrong, and say the "r" in the English way. Also wrong.

IT SHOULD BE: If you can't roll a French "r", the best bet is to substitute a "w". If you say "cwa-son", that'll be close enough.
No, you pronounce it with the regular r and t... unless you want to sound like you're from a country that thought a fence would keep out the Germans.

'Merica
 

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Wait, how do you think you pronounce asparagus? I grew up literally blocks from asparagus fields. The proper pronunciation is Ass-pair-uh-gus.
How does living near something equate to being an expert on its pronunciation? Did you ask the asparagus how they pronounce it?
 

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How does living near something equate to being an expert on its pronunciation? Did you ask the asparagus how they pronounce it?
Well, if you grew up next to a french bakery, I'm pretty sure you'd know how to pronounce "croissant."
 

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Well, if you grew up next to a french bakery, I'm pretty sure you'd know how to pronounce "croissant."
I grew up in Baltimore, where the people can't even pronounce the name of their own fucking city. Doesn't exactly support your case. :action-sm
 

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I grew up in Baltimore, where the people can't even pronounce the name of their own fucking city. Doesn't exactly support your case. :action-sm
None of you east coast folks can pronounce shit. It's like you do it on purpose.
 

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Nobody said Sushi like sooty except for that BBC reporter talking about Wassabi.
 

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None of you east coast folks can pronounce shit. It's like you do it on purpose.
I'm just happy to see you post in typed form. I was worried you had went a little looney tunes.

I guess I don't pronounce most these things right. I'm pretty shaken up about it.
 

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Of the terms listed that I actually use, I pronounce them corrrrrectly.
 

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I'm just happy to see you post in typed form. I was worried you had went a little looney tunes.

I guess I don't pronounce most these things right. I'm pretty shaken up about it.
Pics are the new words.
 

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I'm just happy to see you post in typed form. I was worried you had went a little looney tunes.

I guess I don't pronounce most these things right. I'm pretty shaken up about it.
 

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Well, if you grew up next to a french bakery, I'm pretty sure you'd know how to pronounce "croissant."
If I did... I would walk into that bakery every day and order a Croy-Sant! at the top of my lungs.

'cuz I'm kooky like that.
 

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Nobody said Sushi like sooty except for that BBC reporter talking about Wassabi.
Shitty Aussie article, which explains the suh-she, snitzel, and hoe-mus. American's sure say things fucked-up, but not that fucked-up.