Friday, September 2, 2011

Homonyms Happen: Palette, Palate, & Pallet

I know I've said this before, but homonyms really are everywhere! It makes me feel bad for English learners. Today's homonyms come in three: palette, palate, and pallet.

Palette: the board on which a painter holds and mixes paint

Palate: the roof of the mouth; also, the sense of taste

Pallet: a wooden frame on which goods are loaded

So how to remember the difference? 

A palette has lots of letters (compared to the other homonyms) and lots of colors!

Your palate is what makes you want a hamburger late at night.

A pallet (the only homonym with two l's) has l-shaped boards.
Cheesy, I know, but you'll never confuse them again!

1 comment:

  1. didnt know there is a word 'pallet'. thx 4 the piece of advice on how to remember these different words.