Celebrity chef and cookbook author Nigella Lawson went viral on Twitter for her insanely bizarre pronunciation of the word “microwave.” During the December 7 episode of her BBC series, Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat,” she pronounced the kitchen staple as “mee-cro-wa-vay,” which made viewers lose their mind.
Is that really how Lawson pronounces microwave? Twitter users wondered if maybe we’ve all been pronouncing microwave wrong our entire lives. Lawson, one of the most celebrated and respected chefs of our time, was convincing in saying “mee-cro-wa-vay” so casually and confidently.
In the video, Lawson, 60, was preparing black-pudding meatballs with fatty milk, and she “warmed” the milk “in the mee-cro-wa-vay” prior to pouring it into her batter.
By Tuesday afternoon, the video of Lawwon’s microwave pronunciation had racked up nearly 1 million views. One person tweeted, “Am I the only one who thought
@Nigella_Lawson was being sarcastic when she pronounced Meecro-wavé?! Now, I’m starting to think she really pronounces it like that?” — and Lawson finally answered.
— Phoenix CS Andrews 🏳️⚧️ (@pennyb) December 7, 2020
Lawson, who has 2.6 million followers on Twitter said, “I do say it like that, but not because I think that’s how it’s actually pronounced.”
Lawson Said Her Family Loves to Purposely Mispronounce Words
Viewers appeared to absolutely love Lawson’s unique accent on the word microwave. One person tweeted, “I’m loving the new series of Nigella. Double buttered toast, double carbs, all the greatest condiments and the best pronunciation of microwave. Ever.”
Nigella referring to her microwave as a “mick-ro-warvey” is honestly in the top ten moments of the year for me
— Becky 🎄 (@_its_becky) December 7, 2020
The English food writer and chef continued to respond to fans’ questions on Twitter concerning her microwave pronunciation. One Twitter user commented, “I love this, we deliberately mispronounce words in our house all the time. Such fun.” Lawson responded, “We do, too. Exactly that.”
Lawson has two children, Cosima and Bruno, who are now in their 20s. Their father is her first husband, John Diamond, who died of throat cancer at the age of 47 in 2001. She later wed Charles Saatchi in 2003, but their marriage ended in 2013 after images of him assaulting Lawson were published in a newspaper, BBC reported.
Lawson Wrote & Filmed ‘Cook, Eat, Repeat’ During the Coronavirus Lockdown
The British culinary queen wrote her latest cookbook, Cook, Eat, Repeat, during the shutdown amid coronavirus. While it was not easy, the timing made sense since learning to cook was one of the few activities people could do while staying inside their homes.
“It was hard,” Lawson told The Guardian of working through quarantine. “But I suppose that survival thing kicked in, and it felt important to think about food because it became clear [during lockdown] that it gave structure, sustenance and pleasure.”
Lawson also didn’t hate being forced to stay home. In fact, she described as “wonderful, which I know sounds awful. But I’m very happy not having to fill up my life going to things. I very much like having no public life.” During her solitude, she wrote all day then would take a Campari and soda break in the afternoon, relax on her sofa, and do “that fantastically retro thing of putting crisps in a bowl. It’s so great! Taking pleasure in food is not just about cooking – it’s about thinking, ‘I’ve got myself something delicious’.”