I don't like the word potable, nor the word potash-- not that I see potty in it, but there's just something odd about a word starting with "pot," perhaps because it has only one t.
"when i spend a dollar on a bottle of water, i only drink -- perrier"
"Portable" now reminds me of "portable soup," which is the closest thing they had to meat boullion hundreds of years ago-- They'd cook down meat broth (and stock, which is to say it was bones and meat in the stew) for half a day until it was just a thick meaty gelatin-- so thick they actually just stored it layed in felt. Throw some into hot water, and you've got instant soup for ailing sailors.
--LAN3 Sun Feb 13 17:18:02 2005
That is, gasoline is drinkable, but not potable.
--Eric Mon Feb 14 09:45:11 2005
Gasoline is drinkable?
By that way of thinking,
drinkable == liquid ?
--Kirk Mon Feb 14 09:49:34 2005
By the way, Bernie Shulman's changed it's name to Marc's. This happened quite a few years ago and I still have trouble referring to the store as Marc's. I always thought Bernie Shulman's just had a nice ring to it.
--Beau Mon Feb 14 11:07:26 2005
Yeah, I remember that period when it was the awkward "Marc's Bernie Shulmans"...I figured it was head to be just "Marc's" but figured that was too much of a pain to explain about the perrier...
--Kirk Mon Feb 14 12:29:06 2005
m-w.com says that potable means "suitable for drinking," while drinkable is "suitable or safe for drinking." Not really helpful, so I suspect Eric is one of those staggeringly literal whorfian folks who throws lit matches into 'empty' gasoline cans.
--LAN3 Tue Feb 15 16:32:19 2005
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