Microwave. Meekro wahve. Meek raw have.
As the lovely Nigella Lawson showed us all this week, pronouncing even common terms like microwave can be a real minefield!
So we wondered… what other kitchen terms do we struggle to pronounce? And can we expect any more microwave-style treats from Nigella soon?
We analysed 215,460 search queries from Google’s own data to uncover the words we most search for help with. Here are the top 20:
|Search Query||Number of Searches Per Month|
|how to pronounce chipotle||1,600|
|how to pronounce quinoa||1,300|
|gnocchi how to pronounce||880|
|how to pronounce croissant||590|
|how to pronounce water||480|
|how to pronounce turmeric||480|
|how to pronounce almond||480|
|how to pronounce moet||390|
|how to pronounce nougat||320|
|how to pronounce tomato||260|
|how to pronounce focaccia||260|
|how do you pronounce almond||260|
|how to pronounce lychee||210|
|how to pronounce paella||210|
|how to pronounce plantain||210|
|how to pronounce salmon||170|
|how to pronounce aubergine||170|
|how to pronounce pizza||140|
|how to pronounce banana||140|
|how to pronounce falafel||140|
Chipotle: The most searched food word
Chipotle is a jalapeno chilli pepper that’s smoke-dried to give it a really deep and earthy taste. It’s often used in Mexican recipes and can add a real kick to recipes like chilli con carne, or bean based chillis.
This was the most searched for food pronunciation in 2020, with an average of 1,600 of us searching for how to pronounce chipotle every month. And Google told us it’s:
With Veganuary just around the corner, it’s likely more of us will be trying to recipes and seeking great ways to add extra taste to new recipes. Here’s hoping Nigella will be treating us with some chipotle based meals (and chipotle pronunciations) in 2021.