Many Britons struggle to pronounce names of favourite dishes
Millions of Britons can't pronounce names of many foods, a poll has found.
Common food faux pas include the mispronunciation of the Greek dip tzatziki and the Italian ham prosciutto, according to the poll by Glorious! Foods.
Many also get tongue-tied over names such as quesadillas, ciabatta, dauphinois and the cheese haloumi, it revealed.
The study also revealed one in five people order food in a restaurant they don't particularly want purely because they know how to say it.
And more than a quarter said they refer to the number of a dish on a menu to avoid looking stupid and pronouncing it incorrectly.
"Over the last few decades we have become a lot more experimental with food as a nation and Brits have really embraced dishes from different countries. But by doing so it would appear we struggle with the pronunciation of some well-known dishes," the Daily Express quoted Afruj Miah, a spokesman for Glorious!, as saying.
"Cuisine from Japan, China and Mexico can be notoriously hard to say, but Brits seem to have trouble with many Italian and French dishes too," he stated.
Nearly two-thirds of those questioned in the survey said that they found many foods hard to pronounce and 14 per cent said they have been intimidated by a waiter in a posh restaurant because they were nervous about ordering.
The respondents struggle most with Japanese cuisine, followed by French and Chinese.