15 Foods You Might Be Pronouncing Wrong

When in doubt, don't say the last letter

Not that it really matters, but absolutely butchering the name of a fancy dish at a fancy restaurant (or any dish at any restaurant, for that matter) is kind of embarrassing. To avoid a cringe-worthy dinner moment, memorize these 15 hard to pronounce foods.

Food: Poke

The wrong way: poke
The right way: po-kay
Just remember, it rhymes with OK.

food gyro1

Food: Gyro

The wrong way: jy-row
The right way: yee-row
Just remember, it rhymes with hero, which is what you’ll be if you master making these sammies.

Food: Confit

The wrong way: con-feet
The right way: con-fee
Pretend you’re snobby and French and you’ll be just fine.

food edamame

Food: Edamame

The wrong way: eh-duh-mame
The right way: eh-duh-mah-may
Edamame we have some more?

food escargot

Food: Escargot

The wrong way: es-car-got
The right way: es-car-goh
Forget about the ‘t’ like you forget that you’re eating actual snails.

food lychee

Food: Lychee

The wrong way: lie-chee
The right way: lee-chee
But after a few martinis, who really cares?

food meringue

Food: Meringue

The wrong way: meh-ring-gay
The right way: muh-rang
It’s whipped egg whites, not a dance.

food turmeric

Food: Turmeric

The wrong way: too-mer-ick
The right way: ter-mer-ick
‘R’ you serious?

Food: Nicoise

The wrong way: ni-swah
The right way: nee-swahz
Remember what we said about pretending to be French?

food gnocchi

Food: Gnocchi

The wrong way: knock-key
The right way: nyoh-key
Low-key obsessed with gnocchi. And silent “g’s”.

food pho

Food: Pho

The wrong way: faux
The right way: fuh
What the pho? .

Food: Mascarpone

The wrong way: mars-capone
The right way: mas-car-po-nay
Takes longer to say, but it’s worth it.

Food: Endive

The wrong way: n-dive
The right way: on-deev
Sounds pretentious, tastes delicious. 

food beignet1

Food: Beignet

The wrong way: beyg-net
The right way: ben-yay
Ben-yay, as in yay, these things are incredible.

food espresso

Food: Espresso

The wrong way: ex-press-oh
The right way: es-press-oh
There is no ‘x’. Please don’t say it as if there were.

sarah stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...