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Souvlaki (was most looked-up words)

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 13:30
Tristan Mc Leay <conlang@T...> wrote:

>As for 'gyros', I think it's normally pronounced /suvla:ki/ >hereabouts (and spelt 'souvlaki'), based on the description. Usually >acquired from fish-and-chips shops.
According to the cookbook "Ethnic Cuisines," souvlaki is the Greek equivalent of the Turkish shish kebab, i.e., meat (and other things) skewered and grilled. The gyro/gyros/hero is a submarine sandwich. I've seen store marquees announcing that they sell "hero" sandwiches. I've explained to numerous people that that is the Greek pronunciation (more or less) of gyro. I didn't realize that the word is properly gyros. I presume they are called submarine sandwiches (or simply subs, as in the chain Subway) because of the shape of the roll that's used. Charlie


Tristan Mc Leay <conlang@...>
Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>