[Tagging] drinkable vs. drinking_water

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 16:47:29 BST 2012


The only reason why I am in favour of potable is that drinkable is not
quite the correct term in English as far am aware.
"drinkable" means, at least in common language "you can drink it, if you
really need".
The correct terms are
*"Drinking water* or *potable water* is
water<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water>safe enough to be consumed
by humans or used with low risk of immediate or
long term harm." (Wikipedia).
Of these two "drinking " is not used on its own as an adjective, but
"potable" is. Hence my -* slight *- preference for the term "potable"

On 12 July 2012 15:46, Janko Mihelić <janjko at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2012/7/12 Andrew Errington <erringtona at gmail.com>
>
>> Can we introduce "potable=yes/no" and migrate both of those tags to it
>> over
>> time?
>>
>
> I don't know if this is for consideration, but the word "potable" is not
> very known outside english speaking countries (and maybe french, because it
> comes from a french word). Why not drinkable=official/yes/no?
>
> Janko
>
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