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highly distasteful act vs. Highly tasteless act



 
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highly distasteful act vs. Highly tasteless act #1 (permalink) Mon Dec 26, 2005 12:13 pm   highly distasteful act vs. Highly tasteless act
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #96 "Behaviour Guidline", question 8

Engaging in gossip is a highly ......... act.

(a) distasteful
(b) untasty
(c) tasteless
(d) bland

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #96 "Behaviour Guidline", answer 8

Engaging in gossip is a highly distasteful act.

Correct answer: (a) distasteful

Your answer was: incorrect
Engaging in gossip is a highly tasteless act.
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Why is it incorrect to say 'Engaging in gossip is a highly tasteless act'?

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Alan, please explain for me #2 (permalink) Wed Dec 28, 2005 18:40 pm   Alan, please explain for me
 

Dear Alan, please explain for me too.
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Tasteless/distasteful #3 (permalink) Wed Dec 28, 2005 19:25 pm   Tasteless/distasteful
 

Hi Koko,

Welcome to the site.

There is a slight difference between these two adjectives although they both have the suggestion of being unpleasant.

Tasteless to me means something that offends members of the public or a particular group of people as for example a play at the theatre or a programme on television that deals in a negative way on topics such as race, religion or sex.

Distasteful is unpleasant in the sense of referring to behaviour or activity that is not expected in a civilised society.

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