worcestershire (english) sauce

in a class here in mexico this week, the condiment worcestershire sauce was a topic of discussion.  in spanish the name is salsa inglesa (english sauce)

shrek & arthur of worcestershire in shrek 3
shrek  goes to worcestershire to convince arthur to return with him to far, far away & become king. (animatedviews.com)

worcestershire is a strange name that is difficult to pronounce. in fact it can be pronounced two ways: “WOO-ster-shire” or “WOO-ster“; in both cases the “woo” is pronounced like the word wood.  shrek fans will recognize worcestershire as shrek’s destination when he goes in search of his dying father-in-law’s nephew arthur in shrek the third.

bilbo baggins smokin a pipe at home in the shire
bilbo baggins smokin at home in the shire 

worcestershire is a county in central england, and shire by itself is an anticuated word that was used as an administrative division. shire also is where the hobbits are from in the hobbit and lord of the rings trilogies.

wikipedia gives an indication of the potential for spanglish to influence what global consumers will call the product in the future. in the first paragraph of the entry, the beer drink known in mexico as the michelada is mentioned on a short list of international recipes that contain worcestershire sauce as an ingredient.

michelada ingredients including worcestershire sauce
all the ingredients to make a michelada

additionally, english sauce is a typical condiment to use on pizza in mexico.  could this popularity, the difficult pronunciation of the original name and the continuing penetration of mexican immigrants into the u.s. encourage americans to start using the easier name?

a bottle of worcestershire sauce
do u use this condiment in your country?  what’s it called?

the actual origin of english sauce is india.  an official of the british empire who had served in india presented the idea of recreating the sauce to two worcestershire chemists, john lea and william perrins.

fun elt practice :) richyrocks english on youtube

they were unhappy with their initial efforts, but didn’t throw them away.  two years later, when cleaning out their pharmacy, they tried their original batches again and fermentation had made them delicious.  today, lea and perrins continues to be the benchmark for english sauce around the globe.

and to make a vocabulary connection with other expressions u can read about on richyrocks english, this old school ad for heinz worcestershire sauce, in addition to joking about the difficult pronunication of the product begins with the verb grant:

ladies, do you ever wish for a magic sauce to pep up that tired gravy or stew your cooking? wish granted.

genie and aladdin
genies grant wishes.

granting a wish means using your power to make someone else’s wish come true.

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