whet » wet

Chiefly in:   wet one's appetite

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • It was excellent and just wet my appetite for my main course. (Barcelona On Line, Apr. 2001)
  • This was absolutely delicious, but what it mainly did was to wet my appetite for the main entrée. (Houstonian Online, Feb. 1, 2001)

Analyzed or reported by:

In some cases this may be a simple spelling error, but as Paul Brians notes, “it is natural to think that something mouth-watering ‘wets your appetite.’”

| link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/02/15 |

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