Lafayette, LA (KPEL News) - South Louisiana has some pretty strange words and spellings, and outsiders are often confused by pronunciation of letter combinations like "eaux." One word, though, trips them up: Worcestershire.

Based on the plethora of websites that suggest the correct way to pronounce it, Louisianans aren't alone in the struggle.

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A little crowdsourcing revealed that Acadiana natives have a lot of fun when they refer to the fermented sauce that's flavored with ingredients like molasses, sugar, onion, garlic, and even anchovies.

The social media conversation started with the following post.

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I'm not convinced that even that pronunciation is the right one, but I do know I prefer some of the suggestions from my friends and neighbors.

West-Chester-shire -- Good try.

Worse-ter-shur -- Swing and a miss.

W sauce -- This no-frills option seems popular.

Wa Shista shire -- Nope, not quite.

Werther-shire -- Isn't that a candy?

What's-this-here sauce -- Another clever crowd-favorite.

Lea & Perrins -- Nah, not gonna even try.

Wash your sister sauce -- Definitely the most comical option!

Wus to shear sauce -- Points for getting the closest.

I'd love to keep this list going because you are probably thinking there are more than a few I left out.

Let me know how you and your family ask someone to pass the Worcestershire Sauce. Email me at or shoot me a message on the KPEL app.

As more than one of the commenters said, it doesn't matter how you pronounce it. Please make sure it's available for my Bloody Mary!

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