And, just to muddy the waters, “Webster’s” also says that “pallet” can share one definition with “palette” — that of a wooden artist’s board. But that’s not preferred.
Our second news item, the stage show that’s so dazzling it’s fading, is based on a mistake I came across recently but that also evokes some very old pangs from a time, years ago, when I was busted making the same mistake. It was back when I was trying to think of myself as a professional writer that an editor pointed out to me that something is struck by “lightning,” not “lightening.” I was sure I’d been exposed as a fraud.
Now I know that being a professional writer doesn’t mean being perfect. It just means being paid, which I never was by that particular publication — perhaps because I was still too green to know I was supposed to send them an invoice.