24 Commonly Mispronounced Food Words (And How To Say ‘Em Right)

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It’s happened to the best of us. You could be on a date, with family, chilling with friends. A menu is placed in front of you. You think, “Oh, I am totally going to order this fancy lookin’ thing and I totally know how to say it.” The waiter appears and just as you’re about to get your Top Chef baller status on, the words come out garbled and you’ve been made a foodie fool.

Don’t become a foodie fool.

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Yea OK potatoes are simple, but you’d be surprised…

Master the craziest food words so you can look legit next time an eclectic menu comes along, and better than that, you can partake in the epic tastes that come with.

NOTE: For some of these, you’ll see a few different ways to pronounce the food in question. Depending on where you are from and where you grew up, you definitely will have heard many of these pronounced a certain way. Accents and dialects come into play so depending on where you’re from/grew up, you will have heard these pronounced a certain way.

Prime example? Caramel
Personally, I’ve said “car-mehl” most of my life. I grew up in Memphis, and in the South we tend to blend a lot of words down to fewer syllables… or just say it with such a drawl no one can tell where some syllables went. My father though is from New England, born in New York and grew up in Boston, MA. He says “KAR-ah-mehl”.

Either way, still tastes great! But if you’re in the mood to settle some pronunciation bets,  check out the list below or go to Forvo to look up words and hear real, live humans pronounce them!

COMMONLY MISPRONOUNCED FOOD WORDS

commonly-mispronounced-words-acaiAcai
Pronounced: “ah-si-EE”, “ah-sah-EE”

commonly-mispronounced-words-aioli Aioli

Pronounced: “ay-OH-lee”, “i-OH-lee”

commonly-mispronounced-words-anchoAncho
Pronounced: “AHN-choh”

commonly-mispronounced-words-aniseAnise
Pronounced: “AN-ihss”

commonly-mispronounced-words-bouillabaisseBouillabaisse
Pronounced: “BOOL-yuh-BAYZ”, “BOOL-yuh-BEHZ”

commonly-mispronounced-words-caramel Caramel
Pronounced: “KEHR-ah-mehl”, “KAR-ah-mehl”

commonly-mispronounced-words-charcuterie Charcuterie
Pronounced: “shahr-KOO-tuhr-ee”, “shar-koo-tuhr-EE”

commonly-mispronounced-words-croissant Croissant
Pronounced: “kwah-SAHN”, “KWAH-sawn”, “kruh-SAHNT”

commonly-mispronounced-words-crudites Crudités
Pronounced: “kroo-dee-TAY”

commonly-mispronounced-words-edamameEdamame
Pronounced: “eh-dah-MAH-meh”

commonly-mispronounced-words-gyroGyro
Pronounced: “YEE-roh”

commonly-mispronounced-words-green-beansHaricot vert (French for green beans)
Pronounced: “ah-ree-koh VEHR”

commonly-mispronounced-words-green-hummusHummus
Pronounced: “HOOM-uhs”

commonly-mispronounced-words-macaronMacaron
Pronounced: “mak-uh-RUHN”

commonly-mispronounced-words-green-mascarponeMascarpone
Pronounced: “mas-kar-POH-nay”, “mas-kahr-POH-nay”

commonly-mispronounced-words-green-parmesanParmesan
Pronounced: “PAHR-muh-zahn”

commonly-mispronounced-words-green-prosciuttoProsciutto
Pronounced: “proh-SHOO-toh”

commonly-mispronounced-words-quinoaQuinoa
Pronounced: “keen-wah”

commonly-mispronounced-words-radicchioRadicchio
Pronounced: “rah-DEE-kee-oh”

commonly-mispronounced-words-rillettesRillettes
Pronounced: “ree-YEHT”, “rih-LEHTS”

commonly-mispronounced-words-sakeSake
Pronounced: “SAH-kee”, “SAH-kay”

commonly-mispronounced-words-sherbetSherbet
Pronounced: “SHER-biht”

commonly-mispronounced-words-tzatzikiTzatziki
Pronounced: “dzah-DZEE-kee”

commonly-mispronounced-words-vinaigretteVinaigrette
Pronounced: “vihn-uh-GREHT”

Sharareh

Sharareh Drury is an award-winning journalist in Chicago. She's a foodie and traveller, loves to tell stories, and is always hungry for adventure and a flavorful dish to go with it.

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