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It can be embarrassing to try to order something that you can't pronounce when you're at a restaurant with a table full of people. Who hasn't tripped over gyro or cringed when someone orders an expresso?
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Here are 100 commonly mispronounced food words with their phonetic spellings.
Reading the pronunciation not enough? Click the links on each slide to listen to the correctly pronounced words. French native and certified sommelier Fabien Jacob at Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood sounded out the Italian and French terms, while Express-News researcher Michael Knoop used his decade of experience as a spelling bee announcer to pronounce the rest.
At the risk of receiving an onslaught of more emails than my inbox can handle, "potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto." They all still taste great.
Açaí (ah-SIGH-eee): A berry-like fruit that's commonly touted as a super food because of its antioxidants.
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Audio: Click here to hear the term "Açaí."
Boudin (bu-DANN): A spicy Cajun sausage that's made with chicken, pork, rice, onions and seasonings. Dark varieties are made with blood; blanc, or white varieties, usually do not contain blood.
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Audio: Click here to hear the term "Boudin."
Bruschetta (brew-SKETT-a): This garlic bread is sure to start a debate. In English, “sch” is pronounced “sh.” In Italian, “sch” is pronounced as a “k” sound. No wonder people are confused.
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Audio: Click here to hear the term "Bruschetta."
Bun (boon): A Vietnamese noodle dish accompanied by fresh herbs and vegetables such as bean sprouts, cilantro, carrots and more. It's topped with meat and served with a fish sauce.
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Audio: Click here to hear the term "Bun."
Muffuletta (moof-fuh-LET-ta): A sandwich that originated at Central Grocery in New Orleans. Two slices of round, crusty Italian bread are filled with cold cuts and a chopped olive salad.
Photo: Jennifer McInnis
Audio: Click here to hear the term "Muffuletta."
Nicoise (nee-SWAAHZ): The French term literally means “as prepared in Nice.” Typically, it refers to a salad that is made with tomatoes, hard-cooked eggs, tuna, black olives and garlic.
Photo: Craig Lee, Special To The Chronicle
Audio: Click here to hear the term "Nicoise."
Pasty (PAHS-tee): A pastry turnover with a potato and meat filling. The plural, pasties (PAHS-tees), is not to be confused with the things that strippers wear.
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Audio: Click here to hear the term "Pasty."
Pouilly-Fuissé (poo-YEE fwee-SAY): An appellation that controls white wines in the French B