barely edible [= 'not very tasteful (tasty?)']


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Hi everyone,

this is just to err on the side of caution. The main meaning of the word 'edible' seems to be 'fit to be eaten' -- in the sense that some food is not poisonous.
I think the meaning extends futher than that and I could well use it to describe the food that I didn't find to be very tasteful.

'We liked our stay at the hotel - with one glaring exception, the food was barely edible.'

Would I do better to use some other word?
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  • JulianStuart

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    English (UK then US)
    I'd go as far as saying "English" played a trick on you - tasteful should really mean full of taste (whether cultural or gastronomic) but the bifurcation allowed by "tasty" is pretty well entrenched now.
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