Recently, I was at a restaurant where the menu was mostly French. There was a dish I wanted to order (Oeufs en meurette), but I didn't know how to pronounce it so I had to do that thing where I said the familiar syllables super loud and the mystery syllables in basically a murmur (“I'll have the OOFS EN MeurphmeETTE”).
I had to do that twice so the waiter could hear it and it was utterly humiliating. This can't be the only time a dumb American has to do this song and dance, so I figured I'd compile a list of common fancy words and their proper pronunciations for my fellow idiots.
|Fancy Word||Pronounce Like…|
|Sauvignon blanc||Southern young blonde|
|Le Pain Quotidien||The Pan Quarter Dan|
|Crème brûlée||Cream broole|
|Soupçon||SoupCon (like the convention)|
|Plat du jour||Plate DiGiorno|
|Al dente||Alf Donkey|
|Croque monsieur||Crotch monster|
My hope is that you'll put this guide to good use when ordering in the future. If you don't, I'll knock the oui oui out of you.