"Palette," "Palate," and "Pallet"

Memory tricks to remember the difference!

Mignon Fogarty


Remember that "palate," which means the roof of your mouth or describes your sense of taste, ends with "-ate"—it's all about food.

"Pallet" refers to a bed or those wooden platforms that goods are strapped to for shipping. That's a little harder to remember, but think of the two l's as a little rectangular bed or shipping pallet in the middle of the word.

Finally, a palette is a set of colors or the board artists use to hold paint. There are many famous French painters (e.g., Monet, Renoir, Cezanne) and the "-ette" ending on "palette" is common in French. (My name, Mignon, comes from "mignonette," a French word that is the name of a plant with small, fragrant flowers.)

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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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