American trying to pronounce Worcestershire Sauce leaves Brits in hysterics
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If there's one thing we Brits have made far too difficult, it's our language. 'Colonel' is pronounced 'kernel'? You bet. 'Flammable' and 'inflammable' mean the same thing? They sure do.
It's enough to frustrate even the most fluent English speaker, but there are some words we have in the UK that really have just proved too much for people across the pond. See one such example below:
If there weren't any visuals to accompany this video, chances are you'd have absolutely no idea what TikToker @breeeanaaaaa was trying to say when she uttered a series of syllables into her phone's microphone last month.
But as there is a video to accompany her efforts, we know that what she was actually trying to pronounce was the word 'Worcestershire'.
Many Brits might know the term as a county in the West Midlands of England, but more probably associate it with the sauce, which is made up mainly of vinegar, molasses, sugar, salt, onions, garlic and, whether you knew this or not, anchovies.
It's a good condiment for stews and chillis, but the TikToker made very clear that she didn't know what it was as she took to the platform to ask followers for their advice.
@breeeanaaaaa wanted to know what brand of Worcestershire sauce she should buy after her mum requested that she picked some up, but it's definitely not the brand that people were focusing on after she shared the video.
Instead, it was the pronunciation of Worcestershire as 'roysistersherea' that got people talking, and you can probably understand why.
"Not Roy sister Sheree Sauce," one baffled viewer commented, while another responded: "She gave that sauce a first middle and last name."
Another viewer, from the sauce's namesake county, responded: "I’m actually from Worcestershire in England & this is the funniest pronunciation I have ever heard. I’ve got to share this."
To be fair to the TikToker, Worcestershire has to be one of the more difficult county names out there. It could have been 'Devon' sauce, 'Kent' sauce or 'Essex' sauce, but the fact of the matter is the sauce didn't come from any of those counties.
The creator of the sauce could have probably come up with a much simpler name, but half of the fun of actually buying the condiment is in the pronunciation attempts.
And in case you're still not sure how to pronounce it, it's actually not as difficult as it looks - "wu-stuh-shuh."
But while she absolutely did not get it right, I can't deny that the TikToker committed and gave it a good go. Sometimes that's all you can ask for.