White Goods

What’s the inside of your fridge like? Pristine and gleaming white and full of wholesome food, yoghurt, houmous and the like? Or when you open the door is there a faint odour of something gone rottish inside? Or like the example left, is it the preserve of a beer monster?

Ours tends to be a mixture of both. Mrs P is a healthy eater, while the beer monster is me. (Thwaites mild, delicious.) And occasionally there is the whiff of something well past its sell-by to be fished out slimily.

The reason I ask is that I came across this site where folk share photos of the inners of their fridges with the world. I’m not sure of the point of this other than to make the rest of us feel better about our chaotic food storage.

But it does beg the question asked by Sharp as a Marble as to why the word ‘fridge‘, an abbreviation of refrigerator, get its additional ‘d’ from?

My only explanation is that it was chucked in by whoever did the abbreviated spelling to help with the pronunciation. Otherwise how else would you get the hard ‘g’ in fridge? Any other takers? And have I ever before included so many question marks in one post?

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

3 comments… Add yours
  • Blognor Regis 27th August 2005

    Frigo is, of course, Italian for cold.

    I agree with you regarding the additional 'd'. Otherwise it'd be a frig, a word that is already taken and not very cold.

  • Elle 27th August 2005

    I once cleared out the fridge of someone that had just died. Nobody wanted to go near it, including me, but ultimately I volunteered.

    Half of the stuff had actually gone way past the slimey stage and had 'mummified'. To give you an indication, it had jars in it with an expiry date of 10 years before….

  • Shooting Parrots 27th August 2005

    An "expiry date of 10 years before…."

    I've known student flats where that would be positive;y fresh.


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