Confusing Words and Expressions, Grammar, Lest We Forget, Parts of Speech

… someone’s appetite: wet or whet

The expression ‘whet someone’s appetite’ is often incorrectly written as ‘wet someone’s appetite’. The correct form is ‘whet’, not ‘wet’. Whet somebody’s appetite: To increase someone’s interest in something or their wish for it. Examples: Let him have some money to whet his appetite before we discuss the contract. That simple smile whetted her appetite.