We’re all probably guilty of pronouncing food or drinks incorrectly. Croissant is one that immediately springs to mind. Whilst most Aussies will order a ‘cross-ont’ over the counter at the bakery, the correct pronunciation is ‘kwah-sahnt’. Some would even argue you drop the ‘t’ at the end and pronounce it ‘kruh-san’. But at the end of the day, as long as your baker gets the picture and hands you the croissant, you’re doing just fine.
Here is a list of 7 other commonly mispronounced food and drink words.
Pronounced: ‘mo-wett’, darling!
When visiting Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley, one of the many interesting points your tour guide may tell you, is the correct pronunciation of Moet. Commonly pronounced 'mo-aye', the ‘t’ at the end should be pronounced, as Moet is Dutch in origin.
This fabulous antipasto from Italy is commonly mispronounced ‘brew-sheh-tah’. It’s a hard habit to break, but swap the ‘sheh’ out for ‘skeh’. Your Italian waiter will thank you for it.
Those tiny, sweetened, preserved cherries that are responsible for eliciting interesting reactions from individuals - depending on how you feel about them - are often pronounced, ‘mara-sheen-o’ cherries. Like bruschetta, the ‘ch’ in maraschino should be pronounced with a ‘k’.
4. Anise and star anise
Whilst both herbs share a common name, they derive from different plants. Nevertheless, the 'anise' is pronounced the same. Anise is commonly mispronounced, ‘a-niece’.
Acai is a dark purple berry, similar in shape to a grape. It has become very popular, due to its high concentration of antioxidants. Often mispronounced ‘akai-ee’, the correct pronunciation is very similar to the Japanese beer, Asahi. Cheers to that.
Pronounced: ‘kin-wah’ or ‘keen-wah’
This one is tricky and has been pronounced several different ways since it became the latest ‘superfood’ of choice. Variations include ‘queen-oh-ah’ and ‘kin-oh-wah’. If it’s all too hard, just point at the menu and tell the waitstaff, ‘I’ll have this one, please’.
This popular Vietnamese noodle soup is commonly mispronounced, ‘foe’. The debate on the correct pronunciation is ongoing, but the most commonly accepted version is ‘fuh’. Remember this joke to help remind you of the correct pronunciation: Please proceed to the pho queue to place your order.