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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2006-06-12 09:58:23

Registered: 2006-04-13
Posts: 8

"palatable" for "palpable"

Richard Viguerie, in a June 9 interview on NPR, said that he had never seen “anger so deep and palatable” among conservatives who are disappointed in President Bush’s performance.



#2 2011-09-29 22:06:42

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2601

Re: "palatable" for "palpable"

This morning my wife pointed out to me an example of this slip from a book she is reading – the author had used “palatable” in a context that required “palpable.”

this is an extremely common switch. A search for palatable sense yields hundreds, even thousands, of hits, almost all of which are substitutions for “palpable sense.”

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



#3 2013-02-26 06:40:40

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1276

Re: "palatable" for "palpable"

Yeah, I recently heard this on an episode of “Chopped Champions”: “His stress is palatable in the room.” (Not sure I remembered the wording exactly accurately, but he did say “palatable” for “palpable”.) I think that’s the first time I’ve encountered that one.

But how about the other direction: “palpable” for “palatable”? Googling “palpable dish” yielded about a dozen unique hits, such as:

There was not one palpable dish along the entire trough line.

Despite trying almost everything on the buffet, i couldnt find a single palpable dish.

Then he went for the woman’s collum in the Journal, to see if he couldent use up some left ovars, making a dainty and palpable dish.



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