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Tonight there’s more than enough candy to satisfy your… uh, palate/palette/pallet?


As tonight is Halloween, the little trick-or-treaters will be out and about, attempting to amass as much junk food/sweets/chocolate as humanly possible. Those who absolutely adore the candied stuff might want to use moderation, as well as the right word — which in this case, doesn’t exist if you want to be technical about it.

For those who don’t want to be technical, there are three choices to satisfy: palate, palette, pallet.

First, the incorrect ones. A pallet is a bed, sometimes stuffed with straw, sometimes hard and temporary, sometimes both.

Artists probably know that a palette is their paint board. The stereotypical painter balances the palette on his four fingers while his thumb sticks up through the hole and holds it steady.

That leaves palate, but here’s why this technically isn’t correct, either. To satisfy one’s palate means to find favor with the food you eat. The satisfaction comes from the food on your taste buds on your tongue.

The palate is the roof of the mouth. No taste buds there.

So, unless you are eating something that sticks to the roof of your mouth and like it, you’re better off using “appetite:” All that candy sure satisfied my appetite.

Happy Halloween! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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October 31, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,

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