16 Common Foods You're Probably Mispronouncing


by Reader's Digest Editors

The only thing more embarrassing than dropping a tomato-filled plate of bruschetta on your pants might be mispronouncing the dish that made the mess in question in the first place. Though the below foods are menu staples across America, you might be ordering them wrong.


Don’t say: Broo-sheh-tuh

Instead say: Broo-SKET-tuh


Don’t say: Sree-rah-cha

Instead say: SEE-rah-cha (Don't believe it? Ask the maker.)



Don’t say: Mare-uh-sheeno

Instead say: Mare-uh-SKEENO

> > > These foods actually have different names in the U.K.


Don’t say: Ah-nees

Instead say: ANN-iss


Don’t say: Hick-uh-muh

Instead say: HEE-kuh-mah

> > > You also might be mispronouncing these popular company names.



Don’t say:  Jy-roe

Instead say: YEE-roe


Don’t say: Ah-kai

Instead say: Ah-SIGH-ee

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Don’t say: Bool-yah-bays

Instead say: BOO-yah-BESS

9. PHO


Don’t say: Foe

Instead say: FUH


Don’t say:  En-dive

Instead say: On-DEEV


Don’t say:  Wore-chester-shire

Instead say: WOOS-TUH-SHURE



Don’t say: Lie-chee

Instead say: LEE-chee


Don’t say: No-key

Instead say: NYOH-key


Don’t say:  Krew-dites

Instead say: Krew-dih-TAY

15. SAKE


Don’t say: Socky

Instead say: Sah-KAY


Don’t say: Ex-press-oh

Instead say: ESS-press-oh

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

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[h/t Simplemost]

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Why Do We Say ‘Spill the Beans’?

This is a Greek tragedy.
This is a Greek tragedy.
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Though superfans of The Office may claim otherwise, the phrase spill the beans did not originate when Kevin Malone dropped a massive bucket of chili at work during episode 26 of season five. In fact, people supposedly started talking about spilling the beans more than 2000 years ago.

According to Bloomsbury International, one voting method in ancient Greece involved (uncooked) beans. If you were voting yes on a certain matter, you’d place a white bean in the jar; if you were voting no, you’d use your black bean. The jar wasn’t transparent, and since the votes were meant to be kept secret until the final tally, someone who accidentally knocked it over mid-vote was literally spilling the beans—and figuratively spilling the beans about the results.

While we don’t know for sure that the phrase spill the beans really does date all the way back to ancient times, we do know that people have used the word spill to mean “divulge” at least since the 16th century. The Oxford English Dictionary’s earliest known reference of it is from a letter written by Spanish chronicler Antonio de Guevara sometime before his death in 1545 (the word spill appears in Edward Hellowes’s 1577 translation of the letter).

Writers started to pair spill with beans during the 20th century. The first known mention is from Thomas K. Holmes’s 1919 novel The Man From Tall Timber: “‘Mother certainly has spilled the beans!’ thought Stafford in vast amusement.”

In short, it’s still a mystery why people decided that beans were an ideal food to describe spilling secrets. As for whether you’re imagining hard, raw beans like the Greeks used or the tender, seasoned beans from Kevin Malone’s ill-fated chili, we’ll leave that up to you.

[h/t Bloomsbury International]