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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for November 28, 2019 is:

comestible • kuh-MESS-tuh-bul  • adjective

: edible


“After all the figs have fully ripened on our farm…, we’ll start collecting grapes if the birds haven’t nabbed them first and then comes the olive harvest, our most precious comestible commodity.” — Carol Drinkwater, The Daily Mail (London), 16 Aug. 2019

“My kids eat Spam because I ate it, and I eat it because my mother ate it: two generations and counting of comestible nostalgia, a sort of legacy.” — Sabina Murray, The New York Times, 6 Aug. 2019

Did you know?

Did you expect comestible to be a noun meaning “food”? You’re probably not alone. As it happens, comestible is used both as an adjective and a noun. The adjective is by far the older of the two; it has been part of English since at least the 1400s. In fact, one of its earliest known uses was in a text printed in 1483 by William Caxton, the man who established England’s first printing press. The noun (which is most often used in the plural form comestibles) dates to the late 1700s.

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Ken Saunders

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Ken Saunders is a freelance writer, gadget collector and Biohacker. Kens’ professional background is in Information Technology as well as Health and Wellness. His experience has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He especially enjoys researching and writing articles on the topics of Technology, Food, and all things Freelancing. His articles have appeared in many online sites, including, Andrew Christian, and can learn more about his services at

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