What color is the roof of your mouth?

Somehow, the writer for Yahoo Lifestyle managed to see the roofs of the mouths of a “stylish group.” I wonder what a brightly colored palate looks like:

I also wonder why the writer and her editor don’t know that palate refers to the roof of the mouth and palette refers to a selection of colors. (I also wonder why there’s a hyphen following brightly. It’s considered wrong to put a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and the word it modifies.)


What color is the roof of her mouth?

What is a monochrome color palate? I guess it’s the roof of one’s mouth that is a single color, like green or fuchsia. Maybe the Yahoo! Style writer responsible for this will enlighten me:


A palate is the roof of the mouth or sense of taste. A color palette is a range or set of colors.

I can’t remain neutral

I just can’t remain neutral about this color palate on Yahoo! Style:

color palate sty

The duchess might have a great palate, but that means that her sense of taste is refined. Her outfit, however tasteful, is in a neutral color palette.

What color is the roof of Carrie Underwood’s mouth?

I’m sure you’re like millions of other fans of country music star Carrie Underwood, wondering what the roof of her mouth looks like. Now, an editor at Yahoo! Style reveals the secret: It’s pastel!

color palate sty

Coincidentally, the dress Ms. Underwood wore was also in a pastel color palette.

Worried about your job?

Let’s take the charitable view of this article by the Yahoo! Style news “editor” and assume that she’s worried about keeping her job and the anxiety is affecting her writing. With recent headlines about Yahoo! selling off parts of the company, she may be concerned about her future. Of course, it’s also possible that she has a tenuous grasp of English and a third-grader’s vocabulary.

The article is filled with typos and misspellings, but they’re not nearly as bad as her misuse of common words, like betrothed. She apparently thinks it means married, and not engaged:

betrothed sty

She has trouble with the plural of some words, like aircraft:

aircrafts style

The plural of aircraft is aircraft. If she wanted to emphasize the fact that there were multiple planes, she should have used the word planes.

Homophones are another problem for this gal, who can’t seem to remember that palate is the roof of her mouth (or her sense of taste) and palette refers to a color scheme:

color palate sty

Why were the folks at Sofia Vergara’s wedding glowering? We’ll have to ask the “editor” for an explanation:

glower-filled sty

Proving again that plurals are too difficult for her to master, she comes up with lilys instead of lilies. (Didn’t we all learn “change the Y to I and add ES” when we were 8?) And her limited vocabulary is again on display. I wonder what fauna (deer? gorillas? wildebeests?) was lurking among the flora:

lilys fauna sty

Finally, she’s just a tad confused about matching a verb to a subject:

each were sty

When the subject is each the verb is singular (was, not were, in this case).

Poor thing. This “editor” is worried about her job. And with good reason.

Now you’re not even trying

If you saw this on the home page of Yahoo! Makers, you might think this is the result of a careless brain cramp:

palette diy hp

You would be wrong. Looking at the picture, you could tell that the writer really meant pallet, and not palette, which refers to a set of colors or the board painters use for paints.

As to the “brain cramp”? Well, it looks like the writer isn’t even trying to use the correct homophone, because she also calls the pallet a palate, which is the roof of your mouth or your sense of taste:

palate palette

This gal really doesn’t care about how dumb she looks and how embarrassing her writing is to herself and her employer. She manages to slip in a correct spelling, but not before coming up with another palate:

palette palate

She’s not even trying to get it right. And her attitude is so wrong.

It leaves a bad taste in my mouth

Is your sense of taste so unusual that you’d describe it as a “stray random palate”? Or is it the roof of your mouth that’s a really weird palate? I’m trying to picture what the writer for Yahoo! DIY meant and how anyone could transform their palate into a holiday keepsake. The image is not pretty:

palate diy 1

So, I was willing to overlook the random palate, and accept that it was a random typo — until I saw the instructions from making that Christmas tree:

palate diy 2

I never, ever thought that there were people who didn’t know the difference between a palate and a pallet. But that was before I started reading Yahoo!.

These ideas make for hilarity

Do you find this as funny as I do? I think it’s hilarious that the writers for Yahoo! DIY keep mistaking a palate (which is the roof of your mouth) with a palette (which is a range of colors):

palate diy

Some ideas make me double over with laughter. Or pain. One of those ideas is that people actually get paid to write this stuff.

Sticking a plate on the roof of her mouth?

Can you figure out how an artistic mom could use a plate as the roof of her mouth? Does she use a saucer and Super Glue? And why would she want that kind of palate? Those are the questions I’m left with after reading this on Yahoo! DIY:

palate diy

Oh, I have one more question: If she’s mixing up ingredients on a plate, wouldn’t that be like a painter mixing paints on a palette?

Does it require paint thinner?

I don’t recommend your digesting a palette cleanser, even if you read about one on Yahoo! Shine:

palette cleanser

Correction: Make that especially if you read about one on Yahoo! Shine. The Shine writers are notorious for screwing up the simplest facts and for making homophonic errors that would embarrass any high school graduate.

For the record, this is a palette:


A palette cleanser would involve paint thinner. The kind of cleanser you ingest is a palate cleanser.

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