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Daemon
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whet

(verb) To make more keen; stimulate.

Synonyms: quicken, pique

Usage: The aroma of frying bacon whetted my appetite.
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They are conversation pieces that whet the imagination.
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Whet your appetite

Meaning

To have your interest in something, especially food, stimulated.

Origin

This phrase is often confused with 'wet your whistle'. Uncertainty about the spelling of the first word, either as whet or wet, leads to both phrases being wrongly spelled too. In fact there's no connection between the two terms, which are properly spelled as 'whet your appetite' and 'wet your whistle'. Whet your appetiteThe allusion in the former is to the sharpening of tools on a whetstone (grindstone) and to whet means just to sharpen. So, 'whetting our appetite' is 'sharpening our appetite'.

'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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http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/whet%20your%20appetite.html
rogermue
Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2014 3:35:24 PM

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"to whet" in the first meaning, to sharpen a knife, is related to German wetzen, ein Messer / eine Sense (a scythe)
wetzen.
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Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2014 7:01:53 PM
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mine too
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Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2014 7:27:50 PM

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The aromas of the frying peppers do so whet my taste buds.
Milica Boghunovich
Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2014 9:56:17 PM
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Wet whets the appetite. Water is the essence of life.
excaelis
Posted: Monday, October 27, 2014 1:58:04 AM

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I wonder whether whenever wet weather whets the appetite one would weaken and wield wooden woks ? ( just for you, IMac )
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