Saturday, September 22, 2007

bawl-SAM-ik vinegar

I was reading this article on the PBS website about regional English and it took me to this list of often words that are often mispronounced. It seems like I correctly pronounce the vast majority of words on the list but I did come across this:

Balsamic bawl-SAM-ik. Don’t say bawl-SAHM-ik.
Despite what you may hear from some slippery-tongued chefs on those gourmet cooking TV shows, the stressed second syllable of balsamic rhymes with ham, not calm.

Who knew? I'll have to make the switch.