Monday, 11 August 2008

Organic food in a hurry

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"Expresso", originally uploaded by kyz.

This mistake is worryingly common and makes me chuckle every time I see it.

This is also one of those errors that I have to verbally correct when I hear spoken. I can often be seen in the queue at Starbucks obnoxiously hissing at some poor soul, "Esssssssspresso!".

I can't help it; it's a compulsion.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

One entry found.


Main Entry:
espres·so Listen to the pronunciation of espresso
also ex·pres·so Listen to the pronunciation of expresso \ik-ˈspre-(ˌ)sō\
Inflected Form(s):
plural espres·sos
Italian (caffè) espresso, probably literally, coffee made on the spot at the customer's request

1 : coffee brewed by forcing steam or hot water through finely ground darkly roasted coffee beans 2 : a cup of espresso

13 August 2008 at 16:21  
Blogger Gez said...

Is that from bloody Merriam Webster? Bunch of clowns. When will they realise that a common error is not the same as a usage variant?

13 August 2008 at 19:01  
Blogger Rachel said...

My mother-in-law always says "expresso," which drives me crazy! But this is also a woman who serves "punkin" pie at Thanksgiving, so I shouldn't be too surprised.

29 August 2008 at 19:25  

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