Sharpening your whistle

I’m trying to imagine how you whet your whistle, as described on Yahoo! News:

whet whistle news

The only thing I can come up with is a wooden whistle being sharpened to a point by a whittler. That would be whetting a whistle. But if the writer meant “take a drink,” then that’s “wet your whistle,” where whistle refers to your mouth.

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2 Responses to “Sharpening your whistle”

  1. lectorconstans Says:

    They have one of those flawed Thesauruses, where “whistle” is a synonym for “appetite”.


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