Potable (n.) - Drinking from a toilet...

Potable (n.) - Drinking from a toilet...


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Definition

Potable

adjective
Drinkable, or safe to drink.

History & Etymology

Potable comes from the PIE root Po- or Poi- which means “to drink.” The suffix -able indicates that it’s possible, or safe. Other words derived from Po(i)- are potion, poison, and symposium. In fact Plato’s dialog “The Symposium” was about the conversation at a drinking party.

The P sound at the beginning of the root is what we call an unvoiced labial plosive. That’s a fancy linguistics word for a sudden release of air from between your lips. But if you change it from unvoiced to voiced by vibrating your vocal chords it becomes a B sound. This is a pretty simple change that happens in languages over time and explains where we got words like beer, beverage, and imbibe.

Sources

https://www.etymonline.com/word/*po(i)-?ref=etymonline_crossreference

https://www.etymonline.com/word/*po(i)-?ref=etymonline_crossreference

https://proxy.multcolib.org:2682/view/Entry/20035#eid18811634

https://www.etymonline.com/word/potable#etymonline_v_18560

https://www.etymonline.com/word/poison

https://www.etymonline.com/word/in-?ref=etymonline_crossreference#etymonline_v_6284

https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/potable

https://theborderobserver.wordpress.com/2019/07/04/did-rep-aoc-even-visit-the-sleeping-accommodations-we-suspect-not-we-dont-ask-people-to-drink-from-toilets-video/

https://youtu.be/kdPG2xrF_G8

https://www.etymonline.com/word/impotable

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