Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A New Use For An Old Word

Last night, I hardboiled some eggs. After they were cooked, I thought to myself: Now I'm going to fridge them.

Then I realized that I had made a new use for an old word. I had verbed a noun, which you can do well in English.

To me, fridge meant to put into a refrigerator to keep cool. It came from the noun fridge, which was short for refrigerator.

And the word fridge is a lot like the word freeze. There is the fr- at the beginning of both. There is the short i in fridge and long e in freeze. And the z in fridge often slides into zh and zh often slides into j, which is a combination of d and zh.

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