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Ketel One Vodka

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kittyfood Sep 27, 2006 12:52 PM

So, what I want to know is, is the name really pronounced like "kettle," or is that just a sloppy Americanization? The itemized bill in a restaurant where I recently had a martini actually spelled it "Kettle One." I really hate mispronouncing something, but I also hate being corrected by a waitperson who doesn't know what the authentic pronounciation is (like ordering bru-sket-ta and being told it's bru-shet-ta).

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    Nom De Plume Sep 28, 2006 01:42 AM

    Assuming that your pronunciation query is motivated by how it's said in the context of a bar and ordering drinks, and not necessarily how a group of Dutch speakers would pronounce it, I'd stick to "Kettle-One" for maximum clarity. My fastidiousness upon returning from a trip to Russia and ordering "Stoll-EECH-nay-a" in loud bars, only to be asked to repeat the order and resorting to asking for "Stoli" in order to be understood, deprived me of valuable drinking minutes and smacked of Niles Craneishness if I persisted, so I cut it out.

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      Loren3 Sep 28, 2006 08:37 PM

      You should have seen the withering look I got from the tattooed waitress when I asked for pignoli on my pizza in a punk pizza joint one time. Ok, ok. In Minneapolis they are pine nuts - period.

      I once referred to Stoli as Stoll-EECH-nay-a at a friend's house. They'd never heard of it. They did have some Stoli in the freezer though - would that be ok?

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      truliketrudat Sep 28, 2006 12:23 AM

      Oh god, the bruschetta thing drives me crazy too!

      1. Das Ubergeek Sep 27, 2006 08:48 PM

        Technically speaking in Dutch it'd be "ket-tle", rather than the American "keddle", but yes, it's "kettle one".

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          KTinNYC Sep 27, 2006 06:51 PM

          Pronouced same as the cooking vessel.

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