When I were a lad I used to read the Billy Bunter books, and BB was forever storing his supply of 'comestibles' (tuck) under his bed.
I remember using this word in an English essay once and the teacher scrawled 'No such word' in large red ink across the bottom!
I argued with him that it was in a BB book but this (and other incidents!!) has led me to lose much faith in teachers of English in British schools .
A snippet from the OED:
comestible, a. and sb.
A. adj. Fit to eat, edible, eatable. Obs.
B. sb. Anything to eat, an article of food; pl. eatables. (Usually somewhat humorous or affected.)
Feel free to feel vindicated!
Reading about your experience brings back memories from my youth...
I've got a host of stories concerning the impoverished vocabulary/lack of understanding of phrases used in humour (i.e. too literal interpretation) of teachers of English in British schools
PS I hadn't noticed that before. I'll use it more often now that I know about it
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