Thursday, February 11, 2010


internationally, the words sherbet and sorbet are synonymous. the united states colloquially refers to something different with each term. sorbet is seen as a dessert similar to italian ice (i.e. no dairy) while sherbet is both fruity and creamy (due to minimal dairy content)

what is interesting is how (anecdotally) everyone learns that this dessert is called "sherbeRt" with an extra /r/ sound. this has become an aceptable and understandable mispronunciation, but is technically not the right name. if you are like me and only ever learned to call it sherbert, look at the package next time you are at the grocery store and it mght surprise you that they leave out that /r/.

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