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Three "P" Sound Alike Words

 The three words—palette, pallet, and palate—are all pronounced the same but have very different meanings. 

The first, palette, refers to an oval board held in the hand of a painter, handily including a hole for his or her thumb and globs of paint to use on a painting. 

The second, pallet, refers to the ubiquitous square wooden supports used to hold heavy items in warehouses as they are transported around the country before reaching the consumer. 

The last, palate, literally means the roof or one's mouth but it has also come to mean our sense of taste. To have a good palate is to know something about the taste of food!

(May 20, 2012)

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