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When I was a kid working in a Mexican restaurant I was shocked at how my fellow suburbanites struggled with fajita.

 

Fah-gee-ta; Free-ya-ta; Fra-gie-ta. The ways the word could be mangled, it went on and on.

 

So many people seemed compelled to throw an r into it. There is no r in fajita.

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i'll have to protest this

 

Paczki (POONCH-key)

whaaa?

 

 

also, there is no "toe" in prosciutto

 

Prosciutto (proh-SHOO-toe)

 

i have not looked at everything closely but these two just stood out instantly

 

I'm obviously pronouncing Prosciutto wrong, as I say it proh-SHOO-toe. How's it supposed to be pronounced?

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i'll have to protest this

 

Paczki (POONCH-key)

whaaa?

 

 

also, there is no "toe" in prosciutto

 

Prosciutto (proh-SHOO-toe)

 

i have not looked at everything closely but these two just stood out instantly

 

I'm obviously pronouncing Prosciutto wrong, as I say it proh-SHOO-toe. How's it supposed to be pronounced?

 

Pro-SHOOT

 

It's the same principle that has capicolla = gobba-GHOUL and cavatelli = gobba-DEEL.

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i'll have to protest this

 

Paczki (POONCH-key)

whaaa?

 

 

also, there is no "toe" in prosciutto

 

Prosciutto (proh-SHOO-toe)

 

i have not looked at everything closely but these two just stood out instantly

 

I'm obviously pronouncing Prosciutto wrong, as I say it proh-SHOO-toe. How's it supposed to be pronounced?

 

Pro-SHOOT

 

It's the same principle that has capicolla = gobba-GHOUL and cavatelli = gobba-DEEL.

Ah, Jersey Italian. Now I understand.

 

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i'll have to protest this

 

Paczki (POONCH-key)

whaaa?

 

 

also, there is no "toe" in prosciutto

 

Prosciutto (proh-SHOO-toe)

 

i have not looked at everything closely but these two just stood out instantly

 

I'm obviously pronouncing Prosciutto wrong, as I say it proh-SHOO-toe. How's it supposed to be pronounced?

 

Pro-SHOOT

 

It's the same principle that has capicolla = gobba-GHOUL and cavatelli = gobba-DEEL.

Ah, Jersey Italian. Now I understand.

 

ya godda probim widdat ?

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I can't help but notice that "rioja" isn't on that list.

:lol:

 

Not to mention "basil".

 

I was ignorant of the correct pronounciation of "pho" until relatively recently. As for "gyro," I suspect the non-anglicized pronounication is very rare.

 

What's the anglicized pronunciation? I've always used the non-anglicized one (as far as I can remember, anyway).

 

Most people don't know the correct pronunciation of "pho", but that makes restaurant names like "Pho King Restaurant" all the more amusing for people who do know.

 

I wonder why expresso didn't make the list. I still hear it a lot.

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Sometimes I actually build up the courage to go to a cart and order a gyro using the Greek pronunciation. The guys never have the slightest idea what I'm talking about. (Any parallel to "rioja" is strictly in the mind of the reader.)

Isn't that a new york thing, the hard G? If you are in Chicago isn't it something closer to the Greek pronunciation?

 

Here it's a soft "g", right? It's pronounced "jigh -- roe". How do Chicagoans say it?

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