Thursday, March 06, 2008

Why oh why

dont people know the difference between "palette" and "palate"? A palette is an oval board with a few shallow indents, used by artists to mix their colours while painting. A palette can also be a range of colours used by an artist. A dictionary, I'm sure, would have many more meanings for this word - but I'm equally sure that NONE of those will refer to "sense of taste" or anything anatomical to do with the roof of the mouth! THOSE would come under "palate"!

Just because some words sound the same doesnt mean they ARE the same or that they MEAN the same.

*deeeeeeeeep breath*

Just my rant for today.

7 comments:

brinda said...

couldn't agree with you more!! plus, i've just come back from the place where they call both "plate" anyway...

Kamini said...

I had to laugh at Brinda's comment - I've been to that place too!
Yes, these mistakes make me gnash my teeth in annoyance - pedal for peddle, accept for except, effect for affect (or vice-versa) ...the list can occupy pages and pages. Clearly spell-check has failed these people!
Kamini

chronicworrier said...

Shouldn't you recall yr days in Spore during these (tough) times?
;-)

Shyam said...

Brinda: You're still one State away from having both pronounced "payyy-let" :D

Kamini: Oh absolutely! :)

CW: Hmmm... do I detect some sarcasm there? Hmmmm? :) I dont have to rant about my S'pore days with ref to this - it's endemic. Available to be ranted at everywhere!

Orange Fronkey said...

Wow babe.. you need to chillax on these little matters :P.

Teesu said...

There are many more like this one. NOT that I am an expert at ALLL but lose and loose? That's my favourite mix up.;) If THAT can happen, then you can imagine!!

churningthewordmill said...

i totallllly agree with teesu! there are soooo many of these!!i find it difficult to keeping a straight face with ppl make these errors during a conversation...
mandira