A Homonym Lesson for Aspiring Food Critics. Even though I was an English major in college, I am by no means an expert of the language. Nor can I quote Shakespeare on command, so don't ask. Even with these deficiencies, I do have a basic command of the language and am in the position to offer writing advice. I have noticed that some of the aspiring food critics (i.e. reviewers, commenters, and posters) on Yelp, Serious Eats, or Chowhound are making a small error in word choice that irks me to no end (to no end!) when I am reading. Here's the lesson: Even though they sound the same, "palate" and "palette" are totally different things. When referring to taste, use "palate." When referring to color, use "palette." You're welcome, and please stop hurting my eyes.
Labels: language, pet peeves, writing