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20th Dec 2016

13 Food Items You’re Probably Pronouncing Wrong


Time to time, we like to believe we know our way around a kitchen. But every so often, our collective ego gets brought down a peg or two when we find out that we’re actually tiny dumb children running around just looking like competent adults.

We’ve decided to give you guys a heads up regarding the pronunciation of certain food related items and brands.

We just hope you do better than we have…

1. Nutella

Yes, this is actually not pronounced ‘nut-ella’, but more ‘noot-ella’

Yes, everything you’ve ever known is a lie. 

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2. Hoegaarden

This is less ‘hoe-garden’, and more ‘who-garden’.

Best to nail this one, as you don’t really want to be throwing the word ‘hoe’ around down at your local…

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3. Sriracha

While some of you won’t even attempt this word (wise, so many r’s) we can officially tell you that it’s pronounced a little like ‘see-rotch-ah’.

‘Rotch’ rhyming with ‘crotch’. So there.

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4. Fage

Listen up you lot, because this one comes way out of left field: ‘fa-yay’

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5. Chimay

Cultured francophiles will get this in an instant, but for the rest of us uncultured swine, this beer is pronounced: ‘shim-ay’.


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6. Kikkoman

Less ‘kick-a-man’, more ‘keek-oh-mon’.

Not too far off Pokémon.

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7. Glacéau


Or, equally, vitamin water, for those of you attempting to keep it real in this crazy world we live in.

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8. Godiva


Sort of like the way a British man would say the words ‘good-diver’.

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9. Maraschino

No ‘sh’ sounds here. This one is: ‘marr-uh-skee-no’


10. Acai

Prepare to feel a little dumb. This one is pronounced wither: ‘ah-si-ee’ or ‘ah-sah-ee’.

Yeah, we knew that too…

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11. Star anise

Anise: ‘a-niss’, not ‘a niece’.

At least you got the ‘star’ part right. 

We hope. 

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12. Bruschetta


Well, back in our box we go.

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13. Buffet

This is scary. Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t pronounced ‘buff-fay’, but ‘BOO-fay’.

Like bootay.



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