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Old Italian chef tries to pronounce ‘Worcestershire sauce’
Think you can do better?
You know that particular flavor of embarrassment when you find out you’ve been mispronouncing a word for years? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Which is why it’s okay to laugh at this video of an elderly Italian chef trying, and repeatedly failing, to pronounce “Worcestershire sauce.”
To be fair, even most people who speak English as their first language would have difficulty parsing “Worcestershire” if they’ve only ever seen it written down. Here’s a hint: the pronunciation isn’t remotely phonetic.
These heroic attempts to pronounce Worcestershire are so impressively garbled that they remind us of the Pronunciation Manual YouTube channel, which posts nothing but hilariously inaccurate advice. Here’s their interpretation of what Worcestershire should sound like.
For future reference—and I’m speaking as a U.K. native here—Worcestershire is pronounced like “woostersher.” Similarly, the English place names Gloucester and Leicester are pronounced “Glosster” and “Lester.” We’ll give you those ones for free, but the rest you’ll have to work out for yourselves. The list of English place names with “counterintuitive pronunciations” is so long that Wikipedia had to split it into two separate pages.
Photo via OrsaraRecipes/YouTube
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor