May 15, 2013

Expand my what?

A pallet outside of a palate expansion emporium.

"Stop drinking fizzy yellow stuff. Expand your pallet!!!!" - Source, the google.

I often see "craft beer" as a rallying point to expand one's experience in terms of flavor. Seven times out of ten*, it seems that I'm being literally asked to enlarge the wooden skids in my figurative warehouse (wherehouse / were-house).

pal·let 
/?palit/
Noun
A portable platform on which goods can be moved, stacked, and stored, esp. with the aid of a forklift.
Synonyms
palette - paillasse

pal·ate 
/?palit/
Noun
The roof of the mouth, separating the cavities of the nose and the mouth in vertebrates.
A person's appreciation of taste and flavor.
Synonyms
taste - savour - savor - flavour - flavor - relish

pal·ette 
/?palit/
Noun
A thin board or slab on which an artist lays and mixes colors.
The range of colors used by a particular artist or in a particular picture.
Synonyms
pallet

There seems to be a natural tendency for this plea to be followed with hit-you-over-the-head descriptions of beers that are barrel aged, bourbon and hop bombs. Presumably, expanding your palate involves detecting the obvious.

Here's another thought. Expanding your palate could also mean improving your sensory on very subtle flavors and the language used to communicate them to others. I'm pleased to see that two valley beer writers have done just that in recent days. Alyssa is relating here experiences on the low numbered BJCP styles (1, 2, 3) brilliantly while Zach smiths out Sunbru's delicate flavors here.

Fizzy yellow stuff. Can you taste the green apple? Sulphur? Cereal? Corn? Expand it man, expand it!

*Made up stat.

1 comment:

  1. While we're on the subject of word use or misuse, lets add premise and premises, as in "brew on premises".

    From Common Errors in English Usage:
    Some people suppose that since “premises” has a plural form, a single house or other piece of property must be a “premise,” but that word is reserved for use as a term in logic meaning something assumed or taken as given in making an argument. Your lowly one-room shack is still your premises.

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