Author Charles Harrington Elster writes in The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations – The Complete Opinionated Guide for the Careful Speaker, that there are two types of people when it comes to mispronunciations – those who don’t give the subject a second thought and those who do. This post is for those who do and happen to like espresso.
The website Your Dictionary has posted a list of the 100 Most Mispronounced Words and Phrases in the English language and the word espresso is one of them. Don’t say: expresso | Do say: espresso. It seems many of us have a penchant for replacing es- with ex- like in another commonly mispronounced word, especially. Don’t say: expecially | Do say: especially.
Food mispronunciations are among the most common. My personal pronunciation rant is the saying of the word bruschetta. The correct pronunciation is (broo-SKEH-tah) NOT (broo-SHEH-tah). No waiter outside of Italy seems to know how to pronounce this word and bastardized recipes for this simple yet profound antipasto are rampant .
Regional dialects and fast talking (or in my case fast keyboarding) may account for many mispronunciations which in turn leads to a whole series of spelling issues. Ok is the teacher side in me showing. I’ll stop before I tell you how many times the mispronunciation of the word gnocchi reoccur or is that recur.