Words Of The Week


I tend to spend more time answering queries and adding words to the database than dealing with the blog, so forgive my neglect here.

I get a tons of queries in my mail, which I appreciate because it’s the best way to make sure the database is useful, but it’s hugely time-consuming, and lest we forget, there is but one of me.

Don’t let that deter you from sending in queries – you can either email me, or send in your queries via the request box which comes up automatically when you search for a word which isn’t in the database.

I love hearing from my readers – it’s an education and sometimes life-changing experience. Thanks to a reader’s request for anasakis, I no longer eat sushi. Life-changing, I tell ya’ 😉

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A List Of The Top Words Of The Week

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To find out more about the words, click on the links. Without further ado, here is a list of the top words of the week:

  1. Christian Louboutin, although I’m told that the entertainment media is still getting it wrong
  2. Gruyère
  3. Moët et Chandon
  4. Arrivederci – thanks to a great Twitter mention, this pedestrian word has had over 7000 views!
  5. Crème fraîche
  6. Trompe l’oeil
  7. Ladurée – the famous Parisian pâtisserie, which happens to be my favorite place in the whole world
  8. Eau de toilette – it sounds so much less obnoxious the French way
  9. Eau de parfum
  10. Chorizo – apparently people in the UK will never learn the difference between Italian and Spanish
  11. Hoegaarden – thank-you to whoever posted this on Reddit
  12. Mille Feuille – tricky one
  13. Caipirinha – you shouldn’t let pronunciation stop you from ordering this cocktail
  14. Champs Elysées – you can’t possibly shop there if you don’t know how to say it
  15. Coq au Vin
  16. Ceviche – if you get the origin of this dish right, you will be less inclined to pronounce it incorrectly
  17. Charcuterie – the biggest mistake here is too many syllables
  18. Roulade
  19. Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio
  20. Chenin Blanc

 Any words that you would have wanted to know how to say? As always, I look forward to your comments, queries, and quibbles… Remember you can search by location if you’re looking for something specific.

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