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This one always throws me - broad palate or broad palette?

(18 Posts)
UnquietDad Thu 07-Aug-08 11:47:06

Because I see both used these days. One is obviously wrong, or at least derived semi-ironically from the other.

It strikes me that you can have both - an artist's palette which is broad and encompasses many colours like this or a palate broad enough to appreciate a variety of (palatable) tastes.

I'm sure you pedants will set me straight!

UnquietDad Thu 07-Aug-08 11:58:55

Either this has stumped everyone or I am so terminally stupid that you are all laughing at me.

Bluestocking Thu 07-Aug-08 11:59:40

I'm stumped.

mumblechum Thu 07-Aug-08 12:00:40


so there.

WendyWeber Thu 07-Aug-08 12:00:47

I'm stumped too!

What context is it used in though - give us a phrase!

Inquisitive Thu 07-Aug-08 12:01:38

I would instinctively go for broad palette because it tends to get used in the sense of having lots of options to choose from, but I could be completely wrong.

WendyWeber Thu 07-Aug-08 12:03:26

Have just googled both - palate seems to be mostly about taste specifically but palette is for the other senses.

Does this help? smile

Rhubarb Thu 07-Aug-08 12:03:53

palate is def only for taste.

palette is an artist's thing. So yes, you can have both, but they are both different, iykwim.

DaDaDa Thu 07-Aug-08 12:05:17

Palette. I've always taken it to derive from an artist's palette broad enough to accomodate many colours.

norkmaiden Thu 07-Aug-08 12:05:18

surely palette?

DaDaDa Thu 07-Aug-08 12:06:38

Accommodate <slaps forehead>

PrimulaVeris Thu 07-Aug-08 12:07:03

palette, unless you are specifically referring to foody taste

CatIsSleepy Thu 07-Aug-08 12:07:12

i think palette -this would mean a broad range which is what the phrase means doesn't it?
broad palate could mean you have a big gob...

UnquietDad Thu 07-Aug-08 12:11:58

I googled both and found both in common use, which was why I thought I'd ask.

IorekByrnison Thu 07-Aug-08 12:12:51

I would say palate, but have always understood the meaning to be something akin to "catholic taste". I suppose palette would work fine in the other sense.

singleWhiteMale Thu 07-Aug-08 19:22:53

Here's an extract from the OED which appears to indicate it's palette, although their example is wide palette rather than broad.

palette, n
c. Any range or assortment of similar items, qualities, etc., from which selection is or can be made; (Music) the characteristic range of tonal or instrumental colour in a particular musical piece or a particular composer's work. Also more generally: a variety or choice, a spectrum.
2002 Chicago Tribune (Midwest ed.) 15 Sept. IV. 6/1 (caption) This four-season garden featured a wide palette of plants.

IorekByrnison Thu 07-Aug-08 19:55:01

Sounds convincing to me.

AllFallDown Mon 11-Aug-08 14:03:14

it is palette. Of course it's palette. If it were palate it would mean, as CIS says, a big mouth.

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