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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 Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                      Why You Need a Vision

                                      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                      How to Create Your Life Vision

                                      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                      What Do You Want?

                                      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                      Some tips to guide you:

                                      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                      • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                      Some questions to start your exploration:

                                      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                      • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                      • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                      A few prompts to get you started:

                                      • What will you have accomplished already?
                                      • How will you feel about yourself?
                                      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                      • What does your ideal day look like?
                                      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                      • What would you be doing?
                                      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                      • How are you dressed?
                                      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                      Plan Backwards

                                      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                      • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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