10 Commonly Mispronounced Foods

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Does hearing someone mangle a food’s name drive you crazy? Ever wanted to slap someone for saying broo-SHET-ah instead of broo-SKET-ah?

I found this list of commonly mispronounced foods on the Foodista blog this morning and thought it was worth a reprint. Pay close attention to #5–do you pronounce the cult hot sauce’s name correctly or do you (like me) opt for the popular mispronounciation see-ra-cha? Surprised to see that foie gras didn’t make the list–it’s an oft-butchered name.



Let’s paint a picture. Imagine you are out at dinner, perhaps somewhere fancy, on a date, at a business meeting or some other situation where you need to be impressively smooth. You are ready to order when you realize you have no idea how to pronounce the dish you desired. In fear of appearing a fool, you choose the salad instead.

Eat24 wants to help eliminate that very situation from your life. They have provided a list of commonly mispronounced menu items and have provided the correct pronunciation. Check it out below!

10. Bruschetta Pronounced: broo-sket-ah

9. Gnocchi: Pronounced: nyowk-kee

8. Espresso Pronounced: e-spres-oh

7. Chipotle Pronounced: chi-poht-ley

6. Beignet: Pronounced: ben-yay

5. Sriracha Pronounced: shree-ra-cha

4. Quinoa: Pronounced: keen-wah

3. Gyro: Pronounced : yee-row or zheer-oh

2. Quesadilla: Pronounced: key-suh-dee-uh

1. Pho: Pronounced: fəʊ or fuh


About Iris "The Palate Princess" M.

Food writer | Author of Food Lovers' Guide to Philadelphia, Main Squeeze: Juicing Recipes for Your Healthiest Self, and On the Line (coming soon)


  1. March 12th, 2013 10:20

    This is great… except I still can’t figure out how to pronounce pho, even with this post. I, for one, would still order something, even if I can’t pronounce it. I just point, sound it out and ask for help. The best foods are the ones we can’t pronounce!

    For my family you’d have to add the following to the list: salmon, Perrier and filet mignon. What can I say? I have some country relatives. 🙂


    • Iris "The Palate Princess" M.
      March 13th, 2013 6:33

      Don’t tell me about country relatives…lol. My parents were born in rural Georgia so you know there are plenty of mispronunciations that get thrown around! (I hate when people pronounce the ‘l’ in salmon…yikes.)


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