Don’t Embarass Yourself During Black Restaurant Month

12 commonly mispronounced foods and how to say them

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With New York City Restaurant Week behind us, and Black Restaurant Month at our doorstep, the timing couldn’t be better to brush up on a few common mispronounced foods. So, whether you’re preparing to indulge in Mexican, Southeast Asian, Italian, South American, or some ‘good ole’ southern fusion cuisine, here are 12 of the top mispronounced foods and the proper way to say them.

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Hors d’oeuvres
Say: or-DERV
Don’t Say: “whore’s doves”

Espresso
Say: e-SPRES-oh
Don’t say: ex-presso

Chipotle
Say: chi-POAT-lay,
Don’t say: chi-pottel

Sriracha
Say: si-ROTCH-ah
Don’t say: Sree-Rotch-Ah

Quesadilla
Say: KAY-suh-DEE-uh
Don’t say: kwes-ah-dilla

Pinot noir
Say: PEE-no-NWAHR
Don’t say: PEE-no-no-WAHR

Bruschetta
Say: broo-SKEH-tah
Don’t Say: broo-SHEH-tah

Mascarpone
Say: mah-SKAR-poh-NAY
Don’t say: marz-kah-pone

Prosciutto
Say: proh-SHOO-toe
Don’t say: pros-quit-toh

Sake
Say: SAH-kee”; “SAH-kay”
Don’t Say: Say-ke

Beignet
Say: Benn-YAY
Don’t say: beg-net

Vinaigrette
Say: “vihn-uh-GREHT”
Don’t say: vinegarette

Sources: Epicurious, HoustonPress, and The Village Voice.