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23 foods you might be saying wrong

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Last updated 14:54, November 18 2016

Bouillabaisse and Sauce Rouille.

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Bouillabaisse and Sauce Rouille.

You know what irks me more than most things? Even more than the word "toastie"? Waiters correcting pronunciation. The scenario invariably goes like this:

Pleasant customer: "Hmmm. It all looks delicious, but I think I'll have the boo-la-bay-zee."

Smarmy waiter: "Of course, sir. The boo-yah-behss is an excellent choice."

Croissant can be a tricky one with the "R" sound.

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Croissant can be a tricky one with the "R" sound.

Yes, smarmy waiter pronounced bouillabaisse correctly, but the customer feels like a right idiot.

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I've been in this situation many times - usually when ordering Italian wine - so here's a general guide to pronouncing those trickier menu items. And if you already have these covered, you win a gold star and bottle of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.

Acai - "ah-SIGH-ee"

Ever had an Asahi and acai cocktail? Of course not. That would be disgusting and I don't care how much fun it is to say.

An Acai bowl with blackberry, blueberry, coconut and pumpkin seeds.

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An Acai bowl with blackberry, blueberry, coconut and pumpkin seeds.

Boerewors - "BOO-ruh-vorse"

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A spicy South African sausage that does not rhyme with Boer War.

Bouillabaisse - "BOO-yah-behss"

As mentioned above. One should never be afraid to order bouillabaisse for fear of a French waiter's judgement. If still in self doubt, ask for the fish stew.

Bruschetta - "broo-SKET-ah"

DO: Use only the best olive oil you can get your mitts on. DON'T: Pronounce the first half of this antipasto to sound anything like "brush".

Cevapcici - "che-VAHP-chi-chi"

The skinless Balkan sausage sure looks hard to say, but once you master the pronunciation it'll be all you want to order. Preferably with a cold glass of zibibbo for maximum phonetic fun times.

Ceviche - "seh-BEE-cheh"

Ceviche, a popular seafood dish in South America.

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Ceviche, a popular seafood dish in South America.

Let's be honest, though - no one's calling the Peruvian embassy if you pronounce the seafood hit of summer with a "VEE" in the middle.

Chipotle - "chi-POHT-lay"

Neither the smoked chilli or questionable American restaurant chain rhyme with bottle, throttle or Aristotle. Shame, because that would have been a hell of a limerick.

Croissant - "kwa-SAHN"

A tricky one if you can't pull off the guttural French "R" sound. Put too much emphasis on the "W" ("KWA-sahn!") and everyone in the bakery will think you're a wanker. With good cause too, mon ami. And I wouldn't stress if you fail to drop the "T" - we don't with "restaurant", so why should croissant be different? Francophiles, sound off in the comments below.

Crudites - "KREW-dee-tay"

Mille-feuille with strawberry tea-infused custard.

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Mille-feuille with strawberry tea-infused custard.

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