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Jun 27, 2013 06:42 AM

Foods you pronounce incorrectly.

So we were talking about some of the over-enunciation of certain food hosts and food pronunciation. Has there ever been a food you pronounced flat-out wrong. And finally figured it out?

Here's mine. Quinoa.

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  1. Amuse bouche. Finally was corrected by a student of mine who's also a server...he did it in a very nice way. It started when I was in my twenties and was offered an amuse bouche by a lovely young lady who mispronounced it; I believed that pronunciation and ftt, 18 years later I got it right.

    Live and learn.

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    1. re: pinehurst

      And that is a phrase I was always hesitant to use because I was pretty sure I wasn't saying it quite right. Mise en place was another.

      1. re: Firegoat

        Yeah, and you know, part of it is because we're not using the terms everyday. But you know how some folks can mispronounce something and be charming, like a little kid saying "pisghetti?" I'm so not charming. I just sound uninformed, like "Oh, tell me about the rabbits, George"

      2. re: pinehurst

        Courvoisier. I will pronounce it "KOH-vah-see-A" always and don't care what people think of me;]

            1. re: Chinon00

              Sorry, but that's the pronunciation of the hairstyle, chignon, not the charming town in the Loire valley, Chinon, which would be shee-naw (more or less).

          1. re: Chinon00

            Certainly one reason to pronounce any word correctly when dining might be to shield ones self from a quizzical look from server or fellow diners. My main reason for trying to get it right is simply to pronounce the word correctly, I care what I think of me. Unfortunately to spite my efforts I have a large group of words relative to food which I frequently and badly mispronounce.

          2. re: pinehurst

            To me, that sounds too much like "abuse douche" though I have never mistakenly said that.

          3. Chateau d'Yquem. I've read two authoritative wine books that supplied supposedly correct pronunciations, but they were different: "d'kem" and "d'yeem." I still don't know which way to say it, or if there is some third way that is correct.

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            1. re: gfr1111

              "D-kem" is pretty good. As in "I got a _D_ in _chem_ class this semester".

            2. Not a food, but I was never quite sure how to pronounce Le Creuset (crew-zay) until recently. "Mars-capone" (the space mobster) and "chipolte" are like nails on a blackboard to me.

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              1. re: nsenada

                Carp. Add Le Creuset to my list.

                  1. re: monavano

                    You are brave. I wouldn't even try to say Pillivuyt. I'd walk in with a piece of paper, point and smile like Giada.

                    1. re: pinehurst

                      I think I read on Martha Stewart's site (she used to carry some Pillivuyt) that it's pronounced 'pilly-voit'.

                  2. re: nsenada

                    I make it a point to pronounce chipotle correctly, because the right way just sounds wrong.
                    So what is the correct pronunciation of Le Creuset? I always thought it was crew-zay, like you had it, ubtil one day at the store this woman kept saying "crew-shay", so now i'm confused.

                    1. re: TroyTempest

                      If Bobby Flay, King of Peppers, can correct his pronunciation of chipotle, anyone can!

                      1. re: TroyTempest

                        Don't feel bad. It is impossible to pronounce it correctly unless you are a fluent French speaker. Announcers on English language television always get it wrong.

                        1. re: mtlcowgirl

                          I'm not a fluent French speaker by any means, but I can pronounce pretty much any word in the romanic languages flawlessly, including Le Creuset.

                          Good hearing and a talent to reproduce sounds accurately are important factors. Even fluent speakers often have accents they cannot shake.

                          1. re: linguafood

                            So, what exactly is the right way? Spell it out phonetically for me.
                            Is it:
                            a. crew-zay
                            b. crew-shay
                            c. something else

                            1. re: TroyTempest

                              Ya know, I reallllly suck at the phonetic spelling (this thread has made that rather clear to me :-)).

                              I guess the "eu" sound is easy for me, because it's basically the "รถ" in German. I don't know how I would/could represent that sound in English phonetics......

                              The ending is closer to -eh (think Canada) or -ay.

                              Sorry, I'm not much of a help.

                                1. re: TroyTempest

                                  I guess 'a' would be the closest, as there is def no 'sh' sound. It's a 'z' sound.

                                    1. re: TroyTempest

                                      It was. The first part, "crew", is still wrong :-)

                                      1. re: linguafood

                                        Right. I know the sound that you are talking about. It would be hard to type it out. I guess the last part was more my concern.

                      2. re: nsenada

                        Crew-zay is a very poor approximation of the actual pronunciation. Anglophones are better off pronouncing the Creu sort of like "Duh"or better yet that "euuuh" sound that people make in disgust; that would be closer to the pronunciation of the eu. Zay is ok, but remember that the vowel is shorter in French.

                      3. Valpolicella wine comes to mind. Used to pronounce it Valapacella.
                        I'm sure I'll think of more ;-)

                        1. Sur la Table also on the list. Although I think I have it correct now. Thanks to South Park.

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                          1. re: Firegoat

                            I still garble the "Table"!
                            Tab? Tablah?

                            1. re: monavano

                              Me too :) It usually ends up sounding rather hickish when I say it.