A Palatable Truth: Palate vs. Palette

Hello, my little honeycombs!

After taking some time off to partake in celebrations of Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, I am back to blogging about grammar. Because there is nothing that is as exciting to the senses as dancing the night away at Frogmore House, then starting the week telling you how to use the Queen’s English properly.

Palate vs. Palette

Today’s lesson is about the distinctions between the words “palate” and “palette”. I’ve seen way too many of you refer to “palette” when speaking about food.

Do you know what that does to me? It gives me the hypothetical heart attack I would get if I were one of those people who puts bacon on everything [click here to read about 9 ways pigs are smarter than your honor student].

Why? Because while a palette can be used in many contexts, food isn’t one of them.

A palette is that handy little tool used by artists to display and mix their many colors of paint.

“Look at Bob Ross, making a new painting out of happy accidents!”

A palette is also a range of colors that you can use for a particular project, be it to choose the colors of the walls in your home, or to figure out the visual elements of computer graphics.

“The green drawing room at Windsor Castle is tastefully decorated in a wide palette of colors that you could find in nature… or in the ostentatious homes of the very wealthy.”

On the other hand, a palate is either the roof of the mouth or a sense of taste.

“I wonder if my palate is as discerning as that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, or even if Catherine’s palate has become more sophisticated in the seven years she has been a member of the Royal family.”

“I burned my palate eating the gourmet pizza the friendly kitchen staff at Kensington Palace made for me last week.”

Alright, my little darlings. This is all for today. I hope to start blogging more often, since it is oh so much fun!

Much love,

The Fairy Godwriter

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