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The burning question*: How do you pronounce 'yoghurt'?

It’s Monday, so let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

It ain't which yoghurt you choose - it's how you choose to pronounce it, right?
It ain't which yoghurt you choose - it's how you choose to pronounce it, right?
Image: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

WE KNOW HOW you feel. The bank holiday weekend is in its final stretch and you’ll have a lot on your plate tomorrow.

So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing questions.

This week: A few weeks ago, we asked whether people lick the foil lid on a yoghurt pot or not – that caused a bit of conflict between the waste not and want not crowd.

On another, but entirely separate, yoghurt-related topic, we received this intriguing email from reader Dan O’Neill:

I know its a bit lame but the girlfriend and I have an almost daily argument about the pronunciation of the word Yoghurt. (Wikipedia spells it yogurt by the way).

Whatever the spelling, the word is usually pronounced with a short ‘o’  in the UK, with a long ‘o’  in North America, Australia, Ireland and South Africa, and with either a long or short ‘o’ in New Zealand.

However all I ever heard growing up was Yog (short ‘o’). So that’s how I pronounce it. Was I completely wrong? Am I still completely wrong?

You tell Dan. How should he pronounce yoghurt?

A. With a short ‘o’, or…

(Short/small ‘o’? Pic: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

B. With a long ‘o’

(Long/big ‘o’? Pic: Shreveoport-Bossier: Louisiana’s Other Side/Flickr)

Vote here: How should the word ‘yoghurt’ be pronounced:

Poll Results:

B - With a long 'o' (3078)
A - With a short 'o' (2465)
C - Can't we all just get along? (1496)

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