Monday, March 1, 2010
There are a few topics that will send me off into a predictable rant. One is the fact that there are simply too many types of pasta, and there can be no possible good use for all these types / names / categories. I think we could get by with 5 or so.
But this is not about pasta, but pronounciation.
I deplore people who use irregular prouncications of things just to sound smart. A very good workmate friend of mine is the guiltiest of all at this - he will pronounce all words in their local dialect and affectation. So Lesotho becomes "Le-soo-too" and so on.
Other guilty parties includes most foodies on TV, and most of the sins come in the form of Italian cheeses.
For instance, we have Mozzarella. A nice word. A tasty word.
Say it out loud.
Did you say it like "Motz-er-rella" or "Mohz-zah-rea-ya" (with every syllable annoyingly accented).
We have too options:
Parm-mi-shzan / sean (well done)
Parm-mi-sahn (prepare for a beating).
I'm sorry, but I just don't have time for your linguistics lessons. I'll eat your food for you if you can't speak like a prole like the rest of us. This is seen too often on the food channels, especially Top Chef and even Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (which I like).
P.S. Dianna says I am guilty as anyone on this one, and that I pronounce hummus in the traditional Israeli "Chu-moos." However, I'm 90% sure I normally say "Chum-muss" and only gave her the outlandish prounication to show her how native Israelis might pronounce it.
So I'm like totally innocent.