If you think dropping the T in Moët makes you sound sophisticated, we’re about to blow your mind.
Many people think they sound more French when they drop the T, pronouncing the word “Moay.” The T sound is necessary, it turns out. However, the more conventional, unrefined “Moët” isn’t correct either.
The founder of the famous French champagne had a Dutch name, so Moët should sound more Dutch than French. That means the pronunciation is “Mwett.”
In addition, let’s forget the Ns exist when we say “Chandon.” It’s “SHA-doh.”
Now, let’s say it all together: “Mwett eh SHA-doh.”
These mind-blowing pronunciations come courtesy of the new book, You’re Saying it Wrong by Ross and Kathryn Petras.
Some other pronunciations that will make ordering international cuisine more productive and less embarrassing are:
- Croissant = “kwah-SAHNT”
- Gnocchi = “NYAW-kee”
- Gyro = “YEE-ro”
- Pho = “fuh”
- Quinoa = “KEEN-wah”