It may be only February but it is fair to say that Greek food has not been far from the headlines so far this year, according to the following article by greekreporter.com:
Even before this week — which saw Greece’s South Aegean win the title of ‘European Region of Gastronomy 2019’ — even the humble “gyros” made it into the international media.
U.S. online dictionary Merriam –Webster recently published a list of the 10 most-searched-for words in 2017 and, to the surprise of many, the Greek word “gyros” ranked seventh.
Merriam–Webster said the word spiked in March when a widely shared sketch from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and country singer Luke Bryan started with them ordering from a New York City food truck and ended with a music video for a song called “I Don’t Know How to Pronounce Gyro.”
The dictionary notes that around 1970, the word gyro, from the Greek verb gyros (“turn”), was taken into English from Greek cuisine.
Its pronunciation follows Greek-influenced phonetic rules rather than English ones to give us /YEE-roh/ and /ZHIHR-oh/ as common pronunciations, it adds.
Gyro is a TRADITIONAL dish made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, traditionally pork, or chicken, and outside Greece with beef, veal or lamb, and usually served wrapped in a flatbread such as pita, with tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce.
By the way, Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2017 is feminism. The word was a top search throughout the year, with several spikes that corresponded to various news reports and events.