The Most Commonly Misspelled Food Words

by Kelly Senyei


A few months ago we shared with you the Top 10 Most Frequently Misprounounced Foods, from espresso to gnocchi, bruschetta to quinoa. While pronouncing such words proved to be a challenge, it turns out the team over at GrubHub discovered that spelling such words isn't exactly an easy task either.

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GrubHub, which provides a location-based takeout and delivery service for online restaurant orders, analyzed their site's search results from more than 500 U.S. cities for the month of April. The result? A list of the most frequently misspelled food words that diners typed into their search bar, plus a few fun facts about the prevalence of the misspellings. And so, without further ado, the top 10 most frequently misspelled food words, according to GrubHub:

10. Macaroni - misspelled more than 3 percent of the time

9. Barbecue - misspelled almost 3 percent of the time

8. Chipotle - misspelled almost 4 percent of the time

7. Tomato - misspelled almost 5 percent of the time

6. Reuben - misspelled more than 7 percent of the time

5. Sandwich - misspelled more than 7 percent of the time

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4. Dessert - misspelled almost 10 percent of the time

3. Omelet/Omelette (French) - misspelled more than 17 percent of the time

2. Caesar - misspelled almost 40 percent of the time

1. Fettuccine - misspelled more than 70 percent of the time

I'll admit I was a bit surprised to see a few of the more common foods on the list, mainly "tomato." But I can also name countless other foods from nearly every cuisine that leave me sounding out the syllables every time I write them (I'm looking at you, "vinaigrette").

What do you consider to be the most difficult food words to spell?


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