Why Is ‘Worcester’ Pronounced ‘Wooster’?

Worcestershire is not the only place name to be like this. “Gloucester” and “Leicester” both also have the “-cester” ending that isn’t pronounced like “cester.”

Mignon Fogarty
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Episode #581

Why Are Deviled Eggs Called ‘Deviled’?

Finally, going back to the beginning and thinking about the deviled eggs that I mentioned also made me wonder why we call them “deviled.” Is it like “french fries” where the word “french” means to cut something in long strips and is completely different from the country name? 

Nope. Deviled eggs are about as straightforward as “Worcestershire sauce.” Deviled foods are made with hot, spicy seasonings such as pepper and paprika, and the name is just a nod to the idea that the devil is often associated with fire.

I apologize for losing the name of the person who asked the original question about Worcestershire sauce, but I hope the answer made you happy.

Additional Sources

“deviled.” Oxford English Dictionary online. (subscription required). (accessed August 5, 2017).

“Worcestershire sauce.” Oxford English Dictionary online. (subscription required). (accessed August 5, 2017).


About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.