PAL uh tuh bull (Or if you prefer, soften the "t" into a "d" sound: "PAL uh duh bull.")
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a palatable idea.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The idea was palatable.”)
Something palatable is acceptable or pleasing to your palate (your sense of taste.)
More loosely, something palatable is agreeable or pleasant to your mind or to your feelings.
palatably, palatability, unpalatable, unpalatably
How to use it:
Talk about something being palatable when it goes over well with people or appeals to their taste. Concretely, you can have palatable foods, palatable meals, palatable candies and snacks, and so on. Abstractly, you can have palatable movies and books, palatable topics and subjects, palatable options and choices, palatable suggestions and propositions, palatable political moves, and so on.
"Palatable" is especially useful in negative phrases: "This just isn't palatable." "Let's find a way to make this palatable to the students." "Everyone hated your idea. How could you have made it palatable?" "This is boring, but at least it's more palatable than your last effort."
Make Your Point reader Marni illustrated the difference between "potable" (safe to drink) and "palatable" (tasty) by explaining that the drinking water in her town is quite potable but not at all palatable.
If you want to make errands more palatable for a five-year-old, I believe you just have to promise a trip to McDonald's at the end.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "palatable” means when you can explain it without saying “nice-tasting” or “acceptable."
Think of an unpleasant experience you've had, and fill in the blanks: "(Experience) would have been more palatable if _____."
Example: "Cleaning out the junk from behind the washer and dryer left by the previous owners of our house would have been more palatable if there wasn't so much hair back there. Ew."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Messages that go through an automated translator into several languages and back into English again often end up sounding funny and garbled-- but still somehow meaningful. We’re having fun with that phenomenon this month as we play our game: Guess the moral from Aesop’s Fables after it has been translated into a few foreign languages and back again by a computer program. Some of the morals may be very familiar to you, others not so much. You don’t need to quote Aesop verbatim but rather just understand the message being conveyed. Try it out each day and see the right answer the following day.
Yesterday’s answer: The translation-babble said, “You trouble if in pursuit of illegal gain awaits you.” Aesop said, “Trouble awaits you if you pursue ill-gotten gains.”
Try this one today: “The return is a liar, even if he speaks the truth, no one.”
A Point Well Made:
Peter Thiel: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.”
1. The opposite of PALATABLE is
2. You can _____, but such a move will be unpalatable to them.
A. leave an inconspicuous tip jar on the counter for your customers
B. reduce tardiness among employees by dramatically firing the next late one
C. reward children's good behavior with practically valueless items like stickers
Answers are below.
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Disclaimer: Word meanings presented here are expressed in plain language and are limited to common, useful applications only. Readers interested in authoritative and multiple definitions of words are encouraged to check a dictionary. Likewise, word meanings, usage, and pronunciations are limited to American English; these elements may vary across world Englishes.
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