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July 12, 2009
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These people are all correct. This one is intuitive, and the problem only arises when people get "whet your appetite" confused with "wet your whistle", making these phrases only a bit less confusing than the "cut the mustard"/"pass muster" problem:
"*Wet your whistle' predates 'whet your appetite' by some centuries, and was first recorded in the 1386 Towneley Mysteries:
"Had She oones Wett Hyr Whystyll She couth Syng full clere Hyr pater noster."
Whistle here means throat or voice and the phrase just means 'take a drink'."
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