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16 Common Food Words We Chronically Misspell

16 Common Food Words We Chronically Misspell

In an age of auto correct, spellcheck, and predictive typing, we’re increasingly prone to forget proper spellings. Particularly tricky words appear to be the first to go, many of which are found in the kitchen. Since it’s essential to know you are communicating accurately, everyone could benefit from brushing up on their spelling. The following 16 food words are some of the most commonly misspelled that you should keep on top of.

Frittata Or Fritata?

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    This Italian breakfast food approximately translates to “egg cake”, but is much more difficult to spell. However, it’s slightly easier if you remember”frittata” comes from the Italian word “fritta” (with two T’s), meaning fried.

    Omelet Or Omelette?

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      “Omelet” or “omelette”? This is a trick question – both are correct. Countries using the United States standard spellings will generally spell it “omelet”, but countries using British standard spellings, or those with French influences, will likely spell it “omelette”.

      Barbecue Or Barbeque?

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        The first easy to misspell word is “barbecue”. The short form “BBQ” is so abundant in packaging that it’s hard to remember that in this word, there’s no Q to be found.

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        Creme Fraiche Or Creme Fresh?

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          This typically sweet creamy sauce is easy to pronounce, but just remember: the name is French. Even though we say it “crem-fresh”, to write it as such is painfully wrong.

          Tomato Or Tomatoe?

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            This is one word from the kitchen that’s easy to misspell because we tend to think of the word “toe”. Despite a hard O sound, there is no E on the end of “tomato”.

            Gnocchi Or Nocchi?

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              Another word that’s easy to misspell is “gnocchi”. A pasta traditionally made from potatoes, this word features another pair of repeating letters. If that’s not enough, the silent G at the beginning is troublesome to remember for  spellers. Sometimes, it helps to picture the word “gnome” when spelling “gnocchi”.

              Reuben Or Ruben?

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                This delicious sandwich is also an easy word to misspell. Not only do the vowels look like they’re in the wrong order, when someone is named Ruben, it’s often spelled differently. Just try to say “R-E-U-ben” in your head.

                Sandwich Or Sandwhich?

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                  Another chronically misspelled food is “sandwich”. With so many meanings to the word “which”, sandwich can be one we mess up too. Another common mistake is to omit the D, because it’s rare you hear it pronounced.

                  Dessert Or Desert?

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                    “Dessert” is another problematic word to spell because it’s easy to confuse with the word “desert”. Like mama always said, the one that’s better has two S’s.

                    Caesar Salad Or Cesar Salad?

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                      “Caesar” is another word where it’s easy to forget letters. No matter how many times we see it, we somehow keep wishing to do away with the first A. Try to remember however, that it’s “Caesar salad”, as in “Julius Caesar”.

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                      Vegetarian Or Vegitarian?

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                        Another word that’s easy to miss spell because of repetitive letters is “vegetarian”. It can sometimes help you to use an E if you say “veggie-tarian” to yourself while spelling. Just don’t add an extra G.

                        Macaroni Or Maccaroni?

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                          Another easy to misspell food word is “macaroni”. For some reason, it always feels like this word should have more than one C or R, but in fact it doesn’t. Hailing from Italy, this pasta’s name might be one you just have to memorize.

                          Daiquiri Or Daquiri?

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                            This word, despite being on drink menus everywhere, is another one we chronically misspell. This word actually comes from a beach in Cuba, and does in fact have an I after the first A.

                            Kernel Or Kernnel?

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                              This word is another food word that’s easy to misspell. A somewhat odd word, “kernel” is not only easy to mix up with “colonel” but also looks like it should have more letters.

                              Macaron Or Macaroon?

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                                Another French food that’s easy to misspell is “macaron”. We pronounce this word “maka-roon”, so many people misspell it as “macaroon”. Since the meringue based dessert hails from France however, “macaron” is more correct.

                                Cappuccino Or Capuccino?

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                                  Another word that is easy to misspell is “cappuccino”. Anytime you have two letters repeating, it can be hard to remember which ones. In this case, try to remember two Ps and two Cs.

                                  Fettuccine Or Fetuccine?

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                                    Just like “cappuccino”, “fettuccine” can be a word where we get confused with double letters. Tty to remember that this word hails from Italy, so the letters break some of the typical English rules.

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                                    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                                    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                                    Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

                                    The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

                                    1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

                                    Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

                                     I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

                                    To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

                                    And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

                                     2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

                                    Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

                                    3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

                                    Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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                                    4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

                                    The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

                                    5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

                                    Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

                                    6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

                                    Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

                                    7. Positive people smile a lot!

                                    When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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                                    8. People who are positive are great communicators.

                                    They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

                                    9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

                                    One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

                                    10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

                                    Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

                                    How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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                                    I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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