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Old 06-21-2016, 08:35 AM   #1
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What the F?????

I know it by fridge, and we all know it by refrigerator, but there seems to be a bunch of shortened terms for it used here, and I am just curious as to whether the terms are regional, and which areas use what term.

I grew up (well sorta) knowing it as a fridge, simply just dropping the pronunciation of a few of the syllables.

I also have heard of refrigeration referred to as being a reefer, especially for refrigerated transport trucks. But, I have seen this term used for a refrigerator on trailer forums too. This one I got right away. Of course this too has always been a term used for a joint, but that is not what is under discussion here.

New to me when I started perusing these trailer forums is the term frig. I always chuckle when I see it used, as for me in the past, it has been only used as a softer, more socially acceptable form of the F bomb. Could it be that being Canadian and living in igloos has kept me sheltered. Maybe that makes sense, as I have heard a lot of cussing going on when referring to refrigerators used in trailers.

Can you tell I need to get out camping?
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Old 06-21-2016, 08:58 AM   #2
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Individual usage terms makes Search extremely difficult. Along with the refrigerator, we have A/C (air condition), tow (trailer), tug (towing vehicle), TV (television or maybe tow vehicle).


Makes my head swim.
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Old 06-21-2016, 09:00 AM   #3
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When I lived in Council Bluffs Iowa, there were still some guys around who worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. Their job had been to shovel rough chunks of ice which had been harvested in the winter, into the sides of boxcars used to haul meat or other perishables west across a hot, Nebraska, Wyoming and beyond. This job was tough and was known as "icing the reefers." When it got real hot, the railroad would put out a call for extra help, and conversely in the winter after a big snow there'd be looking for guys to shovel out and sweep snow out of the switches in the rip track yard. The United States doesn't have near the rail system they used to now which has caused the demise of thousands of small towns and raised the cost of transport of many goods on a per ton mile basis. Gotta get back out myself.
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I grew up (well sorta) knowing it as a fridge, simply just dropping the pronunciation of a few of the syllables.
This may also have come about as a shortening of the brand name Frigidaire (frigid + air) which with time has taken on its own meaning.
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Can't be regional, we call it a fridge in my neck of the woods too.

One of the things I remember about being in the service was how everyone called things different names. And that' not even bringing accents into play.
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Another great Hoagy Carmichael song,
Two sleepy people who were
Picking on a wishbone, from the Frigidaire.
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Individual usage terms makes Search extremely difficult. Along with the refrigerator, we have A/C (air condition), tow (trailer), tug (towing vehicle), TV (television or maybe tow vehicle).


Makes my head swim.
Even though I am guilty of at times using some of that vernacular, I also agree it can be confusing. In many cases it is just people liking to use 'cute' terms. Stinger comes to mind. I actually tried searching using that term, and never came up with it referring to a ball mount.

I think I confuse easier as I age though.
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When I lived in Council Bluffs Iowa, there were still some guys around who worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. Their job had been to shovel rough chunks of ice which had been harvested in the winter, into the sides of boxcars used to haul meat or other perishables west across a hot, Nebraska, Wyoming and beyond. This job was tough and was known as "icing the reefers." When it got real hot, the railroad would put out a call for extra help, and conversely in the winter after a big snow there'd be looking for guys to shovel out and sweep snow out of the switches in the rip track yard. The United States doesn't have near the rail system they used to now which has caused the demise of thousands of small towns and raised the cost of transport of many goods on a per ton mile basis. Gotta get back out myself.
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Cool story, Dave.
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This may also have come about as a shortening of the brand name Frigidaire (frigid + air) which with time has taken on its own meaning.
This could likely be, I had not thought about it but Frigidaire was one of the first brands.
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Can't be regional, we call it a fridge in my neck of the woods too.

One of the things I remember about being in the service was how everyone called things different names. And that' not even bringing accents into play.
I think you may be right, Bob. I have yet to notice a Canadian ever using refer, though don't pay good attention, but there are some west side Americans who use that term, but it seems mostly for the eastern side where it seems more prevalent.

Seeing refer in writing puts it into context right away, so there is little confusion, but if someone was to use that term with me in conversation my first thought would definitely be thinking of a joint (marijuana cigarette for clarification )
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Another great Hoagy Carmichael song,
Two sleepy people who were
Picking on a wishbone, from the Frigidaire.
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Now your are testing my Google skills, Dave. Definitely not up on my music from 1938.

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I plead guilty to carelessly using "frig" instead of "fridge". Sorry for the confusion--although my misuse seams to have provided some entertainment.
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I plead guilty to carelessly using "frig" instead of "fridge". Sorry for the confusion--although my misuse seams to have provided some entertainment.
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And I thank you for amusing me wee brain.
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