Don't Sound Like a Tool: The Most Mispronounced Menu Words of All Time

Don't Sound Like a Tool is SFoodie's series of audio pronunciation guides to sort-of-common-but-not-obvious words we keep encountering on wine lists and menus. No more shame, no more pointing, no more godawful imitations of a language you don't speak.

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Confit: Pronounced konh-FEE
It's the visual equivalent of a tongue twister: Half the Americans who know what a prix-fixe menu is don't know how to pronounce the phrase correctly. Those who know which x is pronounced and which is silent have either worked in restaurants or taken a few years of French.

A while back, I put out a Twitter call for other often-mispronounced food words. I compiled the following list from readers' suggestions, adding to it a couple of words I involuntarily screw up (alembic, offal) time and time again. All pronunciations were checked against Merriam-Webster's, with the exception of gyro. (Really? Zheero? For shame, M-W.)

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Alembic
Bruschetta
Confit
Espresso
Foie gras
Gyro
Macaron (not macaroon)
Offal
Mousseline
Prix fixe
Rillettes
Sabayon
Sichuan/Szechuan
Sous-vide

Did I miss any? List 'em in the comments.

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adept11
adept11

I downloaded the nation voice software but still get nothing. :-(

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