Saturday, February 08, 2014

10 Food Items as Pronounced by Brits and Americans




Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a contributor for BBC America and has written for Anglotopia and Smitten by Britain. Having graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in English Language and Creative Writing, Laurence runs this blog, Lost In The Pond, charting the endless cultural and linguistic differences between Britain and The United States. 

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2 comments:

vp said...

It's difficult to write about pronunciations in a way that will make sense to both Brits and Americans. The US pronunciation of "pasta" may sound like "POSS-ta" to Americans, but it doesn't sound like that to Brits.

PAHSS-ta might be a better way to represent it.

Laurence Brown said...

I go back and forth on this one. With PAHSS-ta, I feel you have the same problem, only in reverse. Brits may think the American pronunciation sounds like PAHSS-ta, while the Americans hear POSS-ta.

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