Wednesday, November 16, 2022

How to Pronounce Worcestershire Sauce



Italian chef Pasquale Sciarappa speaks English much better than I speak Italian, but his struggle with the pronunciation of Worcestershire sauce is priceless. The sauce is named after the county in England, Worcestershire, meaning the shire of Worcester. An American would sound it out as written if they didn’t know the British pronounce it “WOOStershur.” However, the Italian pronunciation of the phonemes as written is quite different. After Sciarappa struggles with the common pronunciation, he gives us a rundown of how it would sound in Italian.    

Chef Pasquale has a recipe website and a YouTube channel devoted to Italian recipes plus a series on Italy. (via Tastefully Offensive)

8 comments:

Kelly Gombert said...

Somewhere in my travels, I cam across "What's this here sauce" and forever more, that's what I call it.

Miss Cellania said...

Oh, that's wonderful. I'll have to use that sometime!

Vireya said...

It's "Wistersheer" here (Aus).

pinoy said...

woosie sauce

soubriquet said...

I'm English.... We do NOT say "Woostershur sauce", it's simply "Wuster sauce", if you use three or more syllables you mark yourself out instantly as a foreigner.

Now pronounce Chickasaw.

xoxoxoBruce said...

My folks lived in Worcester, MA, before I was born, so I had a head start on pronunciation.
Nothing hard about Chickasaw.

Kolo Jezdec said...

We have a county in Maryland named Worcester, over on the Eastern Shore, home to Ocean City. I live in north central Maryland and often hear native Marylanders refer to that county as "Werchester County." Sigh

xoxoxoBruce said...

If the majority call it Werchester then the majority plus know what(where) is being talked about. That's what oral communication is for, so no harm no foul.