I was watching a sitcom and here is this part of the script.

A: Okay so what's the problem?

B: It's...I can't explain it.


B: It's.... ineffable.

A: I am not "F-able"?

B: No, no, no, no. Ineffable, ineffable means it can't be explained

For your information, A used to be B's girlfriend (B dumped her) and a few years later B wanted to meet her again and they have become a couple again. However, again, B doesn't want to go out with her for some reason and tries to say her that they aren't meant to be or something.

  • My guess not having seen it. It seems to be a joke. Plug in a certain F-word that should be obvious in context.
    – user3169
    Mar 27, 2016 at 0:53

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“F-words” can be euphemisms for the word “fuck” and its derivatives. In your example, it expands to “fuckable”, which, given the circumstances, A (wrongly) believes is what B used to describe A, which then implements a comedic device.


F-ing can be used as a milder, toned-down version of a more obscene word


                                                                           (Mouse over to see word)

For example, someone might say in an exasperated voice:

Just give me the F-ing hammer, will you?

This would be pronounced as "effing" – and therefore a town like Effingham could easily become a set-up for a lot of jokes, as was done in a suggestive radio skit:

The Effing House Family Restaurant (in Effingham, Illinois)

For lunch, try the huge Effing burger! And what about dinner? Juicy effing steaks...

The sitcom writers have essentially employed the same humorous device, where effible is being confused with its homophone F-able.

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