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