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Schooled! on Restaurant Name Pronunciations
August 28th, 2009 by plumpdumpling

Ways in which I have been embarrassed by reservationists when calling restaurants:

Daniel

Reservationist: Thank you for calling dan-YELL.
Me: dan-YELL? That’s hilarious; I’ve been pronouncing it in my head as DAN-yule all this time.
Reservationist: [clears throat]

Degustation

Reservationist: Good afternoon. How may I help you?
Me: Do you have any reservations for two for tomorrow evening available?
Reservationist: At which restaurant?
Me: Day-gus-TAY-shun.
Reservationist: All I have is a 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Me: I’ll take it. [gives name and telephone number]
Reservationist: You’re confirmed for tomorrow night at 6 for two people at day-gus-TAH-see-OWN
Me: . . . thanks.

GOD. And it’s not like I don’t know that Daniel is French and Degustation is Spanish. I shouldn’t be allowed out in public.


5 Responses  
  • Kelly writes:
    August 28th, 20095:47 pmat

    This is precisely why you’re my hero; I would have been all, “Hi, I’d like a reservation for two tomorrow night at Dagumumblemumblemumble…”

    But, you know, I’m a chicken shit that way.

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      August 28th, 20097:17 pmat

      Well if I had thought for a SECOND that there was a CHANCE the name could somehow be pronounced differently than it’s spelled, I would’ve hit Google up for a quick pronunciation search before calling. Even your mumbling would’ve been less embarrassing than confidently saying it entirely wrong.

      The culinary world is out to get me!

  • Tracey writes:
    August 31st, 20098:27 pmat

    I read your review of Degustation before reading this. You need to post an update about how you didn’t really get it wrong!

    Seriously, though. If they wanted it pronounced day-gus-TAH-see-OWN, they should have spelled it “Degustacion”. I think the reservationist was just being pretentious.

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      September 2nd, 20093:24 pmat

      I was totally consoled even before we got there. Kamran asked me why I even cared what the reservationist thought, and I said that I don’t want to look like the hick I am all the time. He reminded me that I’m the one actually getting to eat at the restaurant, and she’s just the one taking calls for it.

      Boo-yah.

  • donuts4dinner.com » I Have an English Degree! Quit Trying to Eff with Me! writes:
    May 12th, 20104:46 pmat

    [...] Also, do I need to start a blog entirely devoted to NYC restaurants with easily-mispronounced names? Why’s everyone always trying to make me look like an idiot? [...]


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