[Tagging] drinkable vs. drinking_water

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Thu Jul 12 22:48:25 BST 2012

Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk> wrote:

> On Thu, 2012-07-12 at 07:20 -0700, Richard Fairhurst wrote:
> > Janko Mihelić wrote:
> > > I don't know if this is for consideration, but the word "potable"
> is 
> > > not very known outside english speaking countries
> > 
> > Or even inside them! I've never heard anyone use it in everyday
> speech. If I
> > did I'd think they were referring to a snooker ball...
> > 
> I have heard it used once, whilst talking to a guy in the pub, but he
> did work for the local water company. 
> Phil

I can remember seeing "nonpotable" signs above sinks intended only for hand-washing,  back in the 1970s, but these days they tend to use a graphic of water pouring into a cup,  with a red circle and slash to indicate "don't do it".   These signs are common at portable hand-washing stands at large outdoor events. 

John F. Eldredge --  john at jfeldredge.com
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