15 Trendy Food Words That We STILL Can't Pronounce

I recently came to the horrifying discovery that for the majority of my young adult life I have been mispronouncing "gyro" (our favorite Greek street meat). After playing the YouTube "How To Pronounce Gyro" video a couple of times and jumping up out of my seat, alarming several coworkers, I gasped aloud: How many other food words have I been so wrong about? Thus I embarked on a personal journey to right all the pronunciation-slaying I had wrought (which it turns out, had been a lot).

Ahead you will find 15 popular food words of our time. Terms that have, in one way or another, been verbally debased by us Americans to what can only be described as pure jibber-jabber. Whether you yourself have been the perpetrator, or it's been one of your parents, your boss, or your best friend, it's time to put that all behind you and move forward with confidence in ordering all the açaí bowls and charcuterie boards your heart desires.

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Açaí
Whenever cornered into uttering this word aloud I freeze, terrified, and something along the lines of a seagull's "caw" comes out.
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Ganache
Guh not gah! Let’s all say it together.
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Poke
Each time someone orders a poke (as in "Don't poke me on Facebook!") bowl, an ahi tuna dies in vain.
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Bruschetta
My best friend from college studied abroad in Italy — and when she returned, she tried to warn me. But I was too young and foolish then to listen.
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Charcuterie
This is a popular food term that my S.O. has inwardly decided to never say aloud (a.k.a. a point-to-on-the-menu type of word).
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Espresso
For the last time: No, Dad, it’s not an “ex-presso.
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Gnocchi
Raise your hand if your parents will forever say “knockie,” no matter how many times you correct them (my hand is raised).
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Pho
You say "fuh"; I say "foe" — and I am horribly wrong.
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Chipotle
This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve heard my fair share of “chee-poat-uls” and “chee-pot-lays.” (I’m talking to you, Mom, and I'm cringing.)
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Gyro
As it turns out, it's not gy-as in jive-ro — and now I am filled with the overwhelming feeling that my life, up until this moment, has been a lie.
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Crudités
I know what it means, but I have chosen never to speak it — because in my twisted mind it rhymes with bites.
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Foie Gras
Nope, it’s not "phooey grass."
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Confit
Listen, you are not having a "fit," but you are paying a "fee" — noted.
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Ghee
Ghee as in geese, not “gee whiz!” as I had previously and inexplicably assumed...
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Turmeric
There is an R in turmeric — and no, it is not silent.