Are you saying these food names wrong?

How do you say "ceviche" and "guacamole"? Photos / iStock
How do you say "ceviche" and "guacamole"? Photos / iStock

Have you ever avoided ordering something in a restaurant because you weren't quite sure how to pronounce it?

Now help is on hand thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and the UK's Co-Op food group which have teamed up to identify the most commonly mispronounced foods - and how to say them correctly.

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Catherine Sangster, head of pronunciation at the OED, told indy 100: "When a new food or drink becomes popular, we keep an eye on how its name gets adapted into English.

"Some speakers will want to say the name in a completely authentic manner, matching the original language, and other speakers will be influenced by the spelling or prefer to Anglicise the sounds.

"In the dictionary, we give pronunciations that are accurate and also reflect the reality of how the word is being spoken."

From popular words such as "espresso" to the less everyday like "crudites", see how many of the top 20 you can pronounce correctly.


- nzherald.co.nz

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