23 food names you’ve been pronouncing wrong your whole life

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  • No more pointing at the menu and hoping for the best

    If you’ve ever been to a restaurant and second guessed your order because you’re not sure how to pronounce the main ingredient, then we’re here for you.

    We’ve all felt the shame of muttering ‘chorizo’ into the menu, not knowing whether to go for ‘chor-ee-tho’ and sound pretentious, or ‘chor-it-so’ and sound uncultured. Whether it’s Mexican, French, Greek or Thai, there’s always a difficult word waiting to trip you up.

    Luckily, the Co-op and the Oxford English Dictionary have put together a list of the most tricky food names to pronounce. A spot of revision before you go out for dinner and you’ll never have to wordlessly point at what you want on the menu again. 
    Espresso: Es-Press-Oh

    Sriracha: See-Rah-Cha
    Halloumi: Ha-Loo-Mee
    Prosciutto:  Pro-shoo-toh
    Bouillabaisse: Boul-La-Baiss
    Tzatziki:  Tsat-sih-kee
    Quinoa:  Keen-wah
    Parmigiano Reggiano : Par-mee-Jah-No Red-Jah-No
    Rioja: Ree-oh-hah
    Jalepeno: Hal-Ahh-Peen-Yeoh
    Chipotle: Chee-Poat-Lay
    Gnocchi: Nock-ee
    Edamame: Eda-mah-may
    Ceviche: Seh-vee-shay
    Bouillon: Bo-yon
    Acai: Ah-sigh-ee
    Manchego: Mahn-chay-go
    Maraschino: Ma-ra-skeen-oh
    Niçoise: Nee-swas
    Crudites: Crew-dee-tay
    Habanero: Habe-a-ne-reu
    Anise: An-is
    Guacamole: Gwuh-wac-uh-mo-lee
    So there you go, you’re a pronunciation master. Just make sure you don’t start correcting other people when they say things wrong – no-one wants to be that person. 

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