Edible vs. Eatable

Rob   Thursday, February 19, 2004, 19:59 GMT
Which one do you use? Is ''eatable'' a word?
mjd   Thursday, February 19, 2004, 20:07 GMT
While I've never used it (I say "edible"), it is.

Cambridge Dictionary: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=24641&dict=CALD

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Ness   Friday, February 20, 2004, 04:28 GMT
I wrote eatable in one of my papers in third grade, and my teacher jumped on me. She said it wasn't a word. She also failed to tell me to use edible. Use edible, if you don't want to be laughed at.
Simon   Friday, February 20, 2004, 10:34 GMT
I think there may be a distinction. Maybe edible is technical, i.e. literally whether it is a foodstuff that can go in your stomach without coming straight back out again.

On the other hand, a huge bowl of pasta may not be eatable simply because of the quantity.
Simon   Friday, February 20, 2004, 10:38 GMT
EATABLE (adjective)
describes food that is good enough to eat, though not excellent
Compare edible.

EDIBLE (adjective)
suitable or safe for eating:
Only the leaves of the plant are edible.
Compare eatable at eat.
NOTE: The opposite is inedible.

(from the Cambridge Advanced Learners' Dictionary)
Antonio   Friday, February 20, 2004, 13:21 GMT
Any Latin suffix may be freely used in English. So that teacher was stupid.
┬┤eatable┬┤ is a word. Edible comes from Latin edere.
Steve   Saturday, February 21, 2004, 03:28 GMT
There was one time a long time ago when I heard someone say that a certain kind of fish was ''eatable'' and I corrected them.
English   Monday, February 23, 2004, 02:54 GMT
''Edible'' is correct and ''eatable'' is not a word.