by Kathy Davie
This word confusion over when to use palate, palette, or pallet drives me absolutely wild!!!!!!! And no, I haven’t any tricks that would help differentiate between them.
It does drive home to me that authors are not necessarily fascinated by words, but are more interested in telling a story. Which is, of course, quite fair… But I gotta tell ya…when I do run across a confusion such as this, it starts revving up my critical motor, and I become more aware of the possibility of more errors. The more I run across, the more I begin to read simply to find that next Easter egg, the next mistake. I hate that, as I’d rather be absorbed by your story.
Errors such as these also drop my estimation of your story / article / post / thought. If needs be, make a list of words that are a problem area for you. Do a FIND when you finish your story and manually check to ensure some words didn’t get confused. At the very least, your readers’ attention will be on what you are saying as opposed to how you are saying it.
It’s an evolving list, these Word Confusions, and sometimes I run across an example that helps explain better. If you’d like to track it, “Palate vs Palette vs Pallet” can also be found on my website. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Kathy Davie is an author, educator, and artist with a BS in Technical Writing & Editing with minors in Digital Media and History from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado.
She is the author of the arts marketing series, Your Portfolio & You, aimed at helping artists survive (and thrive) at the business of being an artist and include Accounting for the SMALL Businessperson, How Copyright Applies to the Artist, the Buyer, the Employer/e, the Sold Artwork, Dealing with Photographs, Slides, Digital Images, and Surviving the Outdoor Arts Festival.
A huge believer in knowledge being power, Kathy has begun a free set of Author Tools for authors interested in self-editing including an online tutorial in Using Microsoft Word’s Markup Tool, words commonly confused by authors and Punctuation and Formatting Tips.