What’s in a name?

So recently I’ve been thinking…”Did I choose the right name?”

It seems that the words palate and palette are used interchangably in the food and drink world. Did I choose the right name? Let’s explore this.

palate – [pal-it]

Anatomythe roof of the mouth, consisting of an anterior bony portion (hard palate) and a posterior muscular portion(soft palate) that separate the oral cavity from the nasal cavity.

palette – [pal-it]

a thin and usually oval or oblong board or tablet with a thumb hole at one end, used by painters for holding and mixing colors.

Actually from these definitions, it seems that ‘palate’ is the more correct word when describing food and drink. When analyzing the way the word ‘palate’ is being used, I notice that we are really juse personifying the physical structures in our oropharynxes. So when I say I want to develop my ‘palate’ it seems that we are just referring to our palates as a physicaly muscle or some sort and when we ‘work it out’ and have throbbing, veiny palates we will have developed our palates!

Now the case for using the word ‘palette’. I’d rather think of that muscly thing in our throats NOT as a mini person, or throbby muscle but instead like an oblong board used by painters for holding and mixing colors. S0 the more we experience, the more colours and possibilities we will have gained and placed onto that oblong board. Different colours can even interact and create new colours and experiences (food/drink pairings). However like the inifinite colours on a finite board, we will never be able to experience all the flavours of this world. 

So the two cases have been presented and despite the more “correct” usage of the word ‘palate’ in the food/drink world, I believe the use of the word ‘palette’ is a more accurate description of the awesomeness we experience. 


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