Is it "Brussel sprouts" or "Brussels sprouts"? Three quarters get it wrong...

Is it "Brussel sprouts" or "Brussels sprouts"? Three quarters get it wrong...

Sorry Britain, but it's "Brussels sprouts", not "Brussel sprouts"

A shock new YouGov Omnibus poll reveals that most Britons use the wrong name for Christmas’s most famous vegetable.

More than three quarters (77%) refer to the fabled green balls as “Brussel sprouts”, when the correct plural term is in fact “Brussels sprouts” (as they are named after the Belgian capital city). Just 18% of the public use the correct name, with the final 5% saying they “don’t know”.

(It is also worth noting that the name would only be correct if the B is capitalised, as Brussels is a proper noun, although our survey did not test for that).

Older Brits are marginally more likely to give the right answer than their younger counterparts – 20-21% of Brits aged 50+ answered correctly, compared to 15-17% of 18-49 year-olds. Men are also slightly more likely than women to get the term right, at 21% vs 16%.

Despite being stereotypically reviled, a YouGov survey last year found that 62% of Brits would have Brussels sprouts in their ideal Christmas dinner, meaning the vegetable made it into the top five ingredients.

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