Souvlaki (was most looked-up words)
|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.