hors d’oeuvres : Common Errors in English

About hors d’oeuvres

If you knew only a little French, you might interpret this phrase as meaning “out of work,” but in fact it means little snack foods served before or outside of (hors) the main dishes of a meal (the oeuvres). English speakers have trouble mastering the sounds in this phrase, but it is normally rendered “or-DERVES,” in a rough approximation of the original. Mangled spellings like “hors’dourves” are not uncommon. Actually, many modern food writers have decided we needn’t try to wrap our tongues around this peculiar foreign phrase and now prefer “starters.” They are also commonly called “appetizers.”

hors d’oeuvres in News

  1. Yoga studio opens in DP area

    The grand opening of the new Inspirit Yoga & Fitness Studio took place on June 1 at 7575 Kingspointe Parkway, Suite 21 in Orlando. Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a free chair massage, as well as socializing and making personal connections.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: West Orange Times

  2. Pop-up dinner at Harry’s Pizza

    Harry’s Pizzeria, 3918 N. Miami Ave., Miami, hosts chef Jeff Michaud, a James Beard Award winner from Philadelphia’s Osteria, for a pop-up dinner at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The evening includes a cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, four-course meal with wine and beer and a take-home bottle of limoncello for $150 including tax and tip. Tickets are available at harryspizzeria.com/fun.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Miami Herald

  3. Agency’s derby event a winner

    On May 4, Declarations Inc. held its flagship fundraising event at 709 restaurant, Point Pleasant Beach. Attendees to the derby event enjoyed a complimentary mint julep and scotch tasting, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffet and hand-rolled cigars. The charity plans to host the same event next year on May 3. read more
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Examiner

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