Do you know your palates from your palettes from your pallets? It’s a particularly important distinction if you work with food or wine – or, indeed, paints or wooden platforms, writes Cathy Relf.
Of course, it’s blinking typical of English to have three different spellings for one pronunciation. But that’s part of our dear language’s charm.
Take a look at the following observed-in-the-wild examples (which are, on reflection, a little skewed towards wine – make of that what you will) and see if you can spot what’s wrong.
- Here are 13 ways to develop your wine palette.
- The house is made of wooden shipping palettes.
- Actually we know that children’s palettes develop based on what they are fed from an early age.
- A little manuka honey titillates then is swept away by a torrent of iceberg-pure acidity once the wine hits the pallet.
According to the above, the world has gone mad – artists are painting with wine, children are developing their sense of colour based on food choice, and perfectly good wine (iceberg pure, no less) is being thrown at wooden crates. Corblimey.
Here are the definitions, in glorious clarity:
the roof of your mouth
the scoop-shaped board that artists mix paint on
a flat platform that you transport goods on
We hope your palate receives many good and tasty things as the festive season jingles upon us. Not so much your palette, or your pallet – they tend not to appreciate it.
More 60-second fixes:
- Spaces and units
- Should have or should of
- Affect and effect
- Bear and bare
- Compare to and compare with
- Complimentary and complementary
- Different from/to/than
- Judgement or judgment
- Lead and led
- Rein and reign
- Spelt/spelled, learnt/learned and dreamt/dreamed
- Stationary and stationery
- Substitute for/with
- 60-second quiz