Have you ever tried to order at a restaurant, but don't know how to say what you want? The food name itself is unfamiliar, maybe even spelled in a way that could be pronounced a myriad of ways, and you don't want to get it wrong.
This type of struggle with word pronunciation isn't exclusive to foods. A lack of familiarity and odd spellings aren't the only challenges that exist when it comes to words and language. Using words properly in context, getting that turn of phrase right, or even talking about historical figures and celebrities can all be tricky.
After learning the names of some commonly mispronounced foods, you can go ahead and order them, confident you are now pronouncing "bruschetta" et al. correctly.
Sriracha, the tasty chili sauce with a kick, is Thai in origin. Since sriracha was purportedly first made in the town of Si Racha in Thailand, it's believed that's where the word comes from.Been saying it wrong, too?
Derived from the Italian verb "bruscare" - to toast - bruschetta is a relatively recent word. The first known use of bruschetta dates to 1954.Been saying it wrong, too?
Rooibos is a South African shrub (AKA Aspalathus linearis) whose leaves are often used to make hot or cold teas. The word literally means "red bush."
Saying rooibos is tricky because of the numerous vowels. The correct pronunciation of the Afrikaans word is "ROY-bos."Been saying it wrong, too?
Turmeric isn't used only for cooking, however. It's also used in Western and non-Western medicine to reduce swelling and inflammation.Been saying it wrong, too?