“Ooo I see you are eating a chicken patty for lunch!” I say to a student.
“Yep! They are so yummy.”
“Oh yeah! I love chicken patties. What did you put on it?” I ask.
“You know what else is good to put on it?”
“Mayonnaise!” I say.
“What did you say???” another student at the table asked.
“Mayonnaise,” I repeat.
“Haha! I’ve never heard anyone say it like that.” The student says.
My eyes roll. Not this again I thought. I have been teased all of my adult life for pronouncing this condiment incorrectly. I still defend myself saying I say it phonetically: “ma-yo-naise.” Apparently the correct way to say it is, “man-aise,” which I obviously do not understand. Truly it is hard for me to hear the difference. I usually just say “mayo” to avoid the entire confusion.
Darn! It slipped out today. My 2nd grader caught me and my friends would be proud.