Hannah Godwin from Bachelor in Paradise can’t pronounce gnocchi

Hannah Godwin, of both The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise fame, is now a – whatever former Bachelor and BiP folks do. According to her website, she is a model, photographer and businesswoman. She also mentions on her website that she is “kind of a foodie.” Okay, now she has my attention, I’m always excited to read more about food and drink. So in addition to photos of herself in exotic locales and snuggling with absolutely precious puppies, Hannah posts herself cooking some of her favorite recipes, I guess. Which is exactly what she was doing the other day when she introduced the world to one of her faves: gnosh! Excuse me, I should pronounce that correctly: ‘gnawsh?’ at least, that’s how Hannah says it:

Yes, the actually word we are looking for is ‘gnocchi’ and Hannah has no idea how to say it. However, neither do I so I am certainly not going to fault her. I know enough to pronounce the ‘I’ on the end as ‘ee’. However, the first part eludes me constantly. I usually say it “Nee-oh-kee” but I also use “Nah-kee.” As People said, Merriam-Webster, gives us three pronunciations so pick your favorite. But honestly, I can’t pronounce half the stuff I make. I am always messing up bruschetta and I just learned five days ago that Pho is pronounced ‘fuh’. That’s why I’m so happy with Hannah’s responses to the criticism. She doesn’t pretend like she’s just honoring her grandmother on her cousin’s side once removed who taught her how to say the word, nor did she try to pass off that she was using the Yiddish “nosh,” Hannah full up admits she messed that word up:

Why yes, yes I have, Hannah. I guess she was making this recipe for the first time but what I don’t know is – is this her first brush with gnocchi? It’s possible she’s seen it, just never had to say it out loud. But she’s got a very definite question mark in her tone, it really sounds like this is her first encounter with the word. Hannah lives in Alabama – Alabama CBers, is gnocchi uncommon in your area? And how the heck did she spend “a summer in LA” and not run into that word?

But Hannah was not left out to dry in the treacherous landscape that is social media, fiancé and fellow BiPer, Dylan Barbour was quick to praise his love’s gnosh, and Hannah promised him a life of it:

Again, I respect that she’s laughing at herself so she can pronounce it anyway she wants. As someone who still stumbles over ‘irrevocable,’ I can’t judge. But the only thing I truly care about in this whole story is: there is such a thing as Cauliflower gnocchi! I have a very odd relationship with those delectable impossible-to-pronounce mounds of potato wonderfulness. I will get a massive craving for them, make them, and eat so much I get sick and unable to even smell them for six months. Not to mention the lengths I have to go to get those calories back. I’ll bet they are magnificent in cauliflower and the fine folks at Trader Joes have already made them for me? I’m so happy. I hope Hannah mispronounces everything from here on out so I can learn about all these magic food items I didn’t know about. Work up an appetite, folks – it’s Cauliflower gn-osh with homemade peh-sst tonight!

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  1. Escondista says:

    Cauliflower gnocchi sounds like it would make someone fart SO much.
    I’ve heard TJs is almost always out and that you can’t follow the directions on the bag or you get sad Cauliflower mush – you need to bake them to a little bit crisp.

    God just give me the real thing!

    • Esmom says:

      I agree that getting the real thing is best, as long as it’s in moderation it’s fine. That’s said, I was curious about it so I tried it. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be but it’s not great. The texture is just nowhere near potato gnocchi. And it didn’t seem to be gas producing, lol.

      The worst cauliflower thing at Trader Joe’s is the cauliflower pizza crust. I had it at a friend’s and while I like cauliflower, this crust was vile, just vile. Again, it in no way come close to the real thing.

    • JAM says:

      While still frozen I pan fry them with a little oil until they’re browned and crispy on the outside and they turn out perfectly. I’ve never tried to follow the instructions on the bag but I hear they turn out gross if you do.

  2. Becks1 says:

    I’m not a cauliflower fan, although there are a few things I like (a basic cauliflower soup for one) so maybe I’m biased, but cauliflower gnocchi sounds gross lol. I’d rather just have the real thing in smaller amounts.

    I think we all have words that we say in our heads and then realize years later we’ve been saying them wrong all along. I was 18 before I knew how to correctly say “inevitable” lol.

    • Esmom says:

      For me, I was in my 40s when I realized I had “detritus” wrong. Although I read recently that people should not be ashamed of mispronouncing words because it shows that you learned that word by reading it!

      • AnnaKist says:

        My best friend always says “ajuicement” instead of agistmemt, and instead of qualms, she says, “I have no *quirms* about…”

        I love cauliflower. My mother cooked the most beautiful vegetables, including a whole, steamed cauliflower flavoured with garlic, onion, salt, pepper, virgin olive oil and fresh parsley. But for gnocchi? Nooooooo. But then, I’m Italian, so it’s the real deal for my family, since they’re an occasional meal. Do not ever buy those long-life packets of glug, either. Make your own. They’re pretty easy, and so delicious and worth the effort, you won’t even consider cauliflower gnocchi.

        As for pronouncing “gnocchi”, many people have difficulty. It’s pronounced
        *ny-ock-kee* .

    • Ana says:

      I was in law school when I learned I was pronouncing “iron” wrong my whole life. (I said it like i-run.) In my defense, that’s how a lot of Koreans pronounce it because of our difficulty with the r-sound!

      My worst was when I pronounced dachshund phonetically (like daush-und). My then boyfriend thought it was hilarious. He later learned that’s how the Brits pronounce it, which he told me to make me feel better!

      • olive says:

        i once pronounced “draught beer” as “drought beer” to a waitress at a bar!

        i try not to mock people who can’t pronounce a word, because that usually means they learned it by reading and that should always be encouraged.

      • Ana says:

        Bless you, olive! The quiet bookworms of the world thank you.

  3. 10KTurtle says:

    I love to cook, and I’m basically self-taught, and I have anxiety about pronouncing ingredients in public that I’ve only read to myself at home. “Feta” and “turmeric” have embarrassed me in grocery stores. Plus, I’m from Alabama and I pronounced it “nah-chee” to myself until only a few years ago when I finally heard a server in a restaurant say it.

    • ohmeohmy says:

      Also from Alabama, and had never eaten gnocchi or heard it pronounced until well into my 20s. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ GRITS, y’all!

  4. Annehj says:

    Full disclosure: I learned how to pronounce it from Curious George! The chef’s cat is named gnocchi. Also, the cauliflower ones from TJ are AMAZING. I try to keep some in my freezer all the time.

  5. Erinn says:

    LOL.
    I laugh, but I was saying it wrong, too. But I was saying “no-chee” instead of “nyo-key”, which hey, at least I was close. She just decided to drop and add letters to hers haha.

    But seriously, are any of the bachelor types actually bright? I feel like an intelligent person wouldn’t be caught dead on that show.

  6. Sarah says:

    Wait wait wait, she went to a store and bought a bag of food without knowing what it was??? And then recorded herself prepping it like a “foodie”?

  7. Puglove says:

    I think the sweet potato gnocchi from Trader Joe’s is way better than the cauliflower gnocchi if anyone is fixing to get it.

    • Esmom says:

      The sweet potato gnocchi is amazing but I also think that’s due in no small part to the gorgonzola sauce. I limit myself to the occasional treat with that.

  8. Esmom says:

    This post was a joy to read, thank you for the morning laugh. I guess I can imagine someone not encountering gnocchi in Alabama but maybe that’s my unconscious bias talking.

    A real foodie would not only know how to say gnocchi, they would say it with an Italian flourish, lol.

  9. Lua says:

    I only know how to pronounce it because my foodie husband loves it. The best he says he’s ever had was at Figs in Boston. He would. Not. Stop. Talking. About it. So I learned how to pronounce it because it echoed in my head for like a year.

  10. Texas says:

    No one really knows how to say that word. God knows I don’t.

    • The Long-suffering Sequin says:

      “ny-ahw-kee”. You kind of rock into the word gently. The “ahw” is where the stress is. It sounds like the short “o” in “clock”.

  11. kelleybelle says:

    Just another airhead who’s in love with herself, nothing to see here.

  12. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m a language, grammar aficionado (at least I pretend to be) and love laughing at mispronunciations. At the same time, however, I can’t let go of some things like saying ‘fuh’ for pho or gyro with ‘yee,’ lol. Fuh doesn’t give the dish the respect it deserves. ;D Gnocchi is fine and easy to my eyes, but certain cuisines just flow. I’m hungry for some pho now.

  13. ChillyWilly says:

    I’m impressed that she knew the G is silent!

  14. Patricia says:

    My husband asked once asked for prosqueeto (also know an prosciutto) at the deli counter. The serving lady didn’t bat an eye.

    • Anners says:

      Funny story – my dad told my mum it was pronounced “prostituti” and she ended up telling a whole bunch of fancy schmancy ladies that she was tired of finding ‘prostituti’ in all the hors d’oeuvres because it was so salty. I’m not sure she’s fully forgiven him for that…

    • Valerie says:

      My dad’s friend once called it pro-skew-tio! We still call it that today as a joke.