You've Been Pronouncing Le Creuset Wrong Your Whole Life

It's easier than you think.

Courtesy of Le Creuset

Le Creuset has been making cast iron cookware in France since 1925, which means that Americans have probably been butchering this word — which actually just means "the crucible" in French — for nearly 100 years.

If you've ever pronounced it "lay-croo-SET" and "luh-croo-SAY," or simply skip the embarrassment and refer to yours as "the Dutch oven" or "the big orange pot" in conversation, turns out you're not alone.

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Vivian Howard had the same problem, too.

In a video she shot with Le Creuset, the food blogger jokes about her struggles to pronounce the French word with her Southern accent.

"For the longest time, I had such a crush on them, but I could never verbalize it because I didn't know how to say it and I was so afraid of sounding like a big old red-neck," Howard says.

Turns out it's "luh-CROO-zay" with the emphasis on the middle syllable that's pronounced similarly to the "oo" sound in "cruise."

Easy, right?

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