Miriam wasn’t known for her cooking. In fact, everything she made was inedible.

When Miriam’s best friend finally told her that her dishes were horrible, Miriam said, “I’m 35 and single. Why does it matter if I can’t cook?”

“If you can cook, you have a better chance of attracting someone,” said her best friend.

The next day, Miriam enrolled at the Ramsey Gordon Culinary School. By the time she got there for the first session, she was almost collapsible: Her throat was dry, her breathing, irregular,her mood, depressed. The cooking instructor, however, ignored her. After all, Miriam had already paid the $3,000 for four one-hour sessions, so the instructor behaved as anyone would who made an indefensible salary – he acted as if he were better than everyone else.

It would be nice to say Miriam became a wonderful cook. Alas, she remained a miserable meal maker. In time, though, she married a successful stockbroker who provided servants, including a chef, and they all lived wealthily ever after.


-ible or -able?

1) Although Nat found spinach (inedible/inedable), he did his best to eat it when his mother-in-law served it.

2) Marlene told her boyfriend that dating more than one person at a time was a (horrable/horrible) and (indefensible/indefensable) way to behave.


1) inedible

2) horrible/indefensible