Once in a while I'm wrong
I was going to write some snarky message here about how so many people mispronounce espresso, adding that darned x to the word. I even planned to include the phonetic spelling to prove my point. So I went to the dictionary (online of course) to get the exact phonetic spelling, and it seems I stand corrected. While we at Starbucks--and most other respectable coffee shops--do not pronounce or spell the word with an x, apparently, that is a legitimate option. Here is Encarta's phonetic spelling:
es·pres·so [ e spréssō ] (plural es·pres·sos) or ex·pres·so [ ik spréssō ] (plural ex·pres·sos)
Ok, so yeah I was wrong. But, hey, I'm woman enough to admit it.
Still, I hate when people add the x. It's just uncivilized and it annoys the hell out of me.