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We've Been Pronouncing Godiva Wrong This Whole Time

Go forth and start saying Godiva the right way. You're welcome.
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You already know how to say Adidas the right way. And, you're also ready to pronounce Ikea right if someone asks where your couch is from—once Ikea Philippines opens, that is. But today we're back with another edition of Words You're Saying Wrong.

Think you're a chocolate expert? Well, we hate to break it to you but we just found out that we've all been pronouncing Godiva wrong. Here's one thing you should know: The chocolatier famous for delectable truffles, chocolate drops, and chocolate-covered strawberries is a Belgian brand.

The pronunciation of Godiva isn't like the one we've been accustomed to saying our whole lives. It's not "God-eye-va," but it's "Go-dee-va." If it sounds like the word diva, then you're saying it right. Pretty eye-opening.

Were you pronouncing Godiva wrong like everyone else?

Yes. My mind is blown.

I've been saying it the right way since I could remember.

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Godiva itself is pretty understanding about the whole thing, so much so that it has accepted the wrong pronunciation. Now, if you find yourself visiting a Godiva store in Belgium and hearing the store person say, "Go-dee-va," you won't throw a puzzled look.

Go forth and start saying Godiva the right way. You're welcome.

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Paolo Chua
Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
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