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.

Clunker of a cliche combo

You can wet your whistle (or simply drink) and you can whet your appetite (or simply stimulate it). This game description from Yahoo! Games has you stimulating your whistle:

It’s a case of combining two cliches to form an ambiguous clunker.

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