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to point out that people who say "choritso" for chorizo...

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MardyBra Mon 30-Sep-13 09:56:43

... are assigning an Italian pronunciation to a Spanish word?

You don't need to do a Manuel-style "choreeeeetho" thing. Chorizo with a z sound is fine by me if you prefer, as it's a valid in many dialects.

MardyBra Mon 30-Sep-13 09:57:25

This is a really important issue of course, before I get any "first world problem" comments.

EverythingInMjiniature Mon 30-Sep-13 09:57:50

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MardyBra Mon 30-Sep-13 09:58:19

It's in an M&S advert at the moment.

BrokenSunglasses Mon 30-Sep-13 09:58:24


Doodledumdums Mon 30-Sep-13 09:58:48

YABU- As long as you know what people are talking about then I really don't think it matters! Most people aren't linguistics experts!

EverythingInMjiniature Mon 30-Sep-13 09:59:07

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BurberryQ Mon 30-Sep-13 09:59:12

hahah what about 'koreetsio' with a strong estuary accent?

BunnyLebowski Mon 30-Sep-13 10:00:04

This drives me insane angry

Even Dave bloody Lamb does it on CDWM.

Grrrr angry

EverythingInMjiniature Mon 30-Sep-13 10:00:32

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TheWave Mon 30-Sep-13 10:00:40

So how should we pronounce it? Confused now. Are you Spanish?

Amrapaali Mon 30-Sep-13 10:01:46

Shit, I didnt realise. I say Choreetso. So by the same token, is Ibiza pronounced differently?

Recently, people have started saying Ibieetha. Took me quite a few attempts to actually understand they meant the holiday destination.

MardyBra Mon 30-Sep-13 10:01:52

grin at Mjinaiature

What about "torte"? Do we still pronounce the final e, German-style?

BurberryQ Mon 30-Sep-13 10:02:37

but OP a Z is a TS sound for English speakers.....
personally if someone said Cchhhhhooreeeetho i would think they were a pretentious wanker.
much like someone telling me they were going to Par-ee

MardyBra Mon 30-Sep-13 10:02:44

No Spanish TheWave but I do speak it.

PseudoBadger Mon 30-Sep-13 10:03:29

That's not the worst thing about that advert. The worst thing is that those scallops in real life are the size and depth of 5p pieces.

bamboobutton Mon 30-Sep-13 10:03:58

I know the correct pronunciation but feel like a massive twat saying it. so say choreeetso like everyone else.

same with bruschetta.

Dobbiesmum Mon 30-Sep-13 10:04:00

Try hearing 'koreetho' with a broad Manchester accent... Sounds utterley silly..
I do have a habit of saying 'choritso' but I think that's down to my accent rather than anything else, I'm in an area where a bus is called a 'buzz' so things can come out sounding a little strange to other ears!

Habbibu Mon 30-Sep-13 10:04:30

yy, Ibiza in many Spanish accents will have a "th" sound for the z, but never a tz sound. That's Italian.

I don't get why people don't just say chori - zo - it's a reasonable anglicized form.

MardyBra Mon 30-Sep-13 10:05:12

"a Z is a TS sound for English speakers."

Not necessarily. We don't say "latzy", we say "lazy".

" if someone said Cchhhhhooreeeetho i would think they were a pretentious wanker"

Like I said, you don't have to do the Manuel in Fawlty Towers exaggeration.

Choreetho is fine.
Also Choreeso.

Habbibu Mon 30-Sep-13 10:05:18

How is z a ts sound for English speakers?

BurberryQ Mon 30-Sep-13 10:06:36

a vast majority of English people could not even distinguish between spoken Spanish and Italian...

BurberryQ Mon 30-Sep-13 10:07:29

ha you are right habbibu it is not, just my surname has a a z after a t so i was muttering it to myself grin

MardyBra Mon 30-Sep-13 10:07:31

Pseudo Yanbu about the scallops.

livinginwonderland Mon 30-Sep-13 10:07:43

Well, people don't go around saying "Paree" or "Roma" when they speak about Paris or Rome. It's natural to give an anglicised pronounciation to foreign words.

I find people who go around pronouncing everything "properly" all the time often come across as pretentious wankers, tbh.

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