frypan/frying pan

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Wed Feb 11 15:59:31 UTC 2004

Gee, does anyone still use electric fry(ing) pans?  If I did, it'd be with

At 07:43 AM 2/11/2004 -0800, you wrote:
>Both my wife and I use 'electric skillet,' but neither of us uses
>'skillet'  for the non-electric thingy.  That's a frying pan--oddly not a
>skillet.  But if I did have to use skillet, it would be for the old,
>black, cast iron ones, not the shiney, stainless steel or aluminum gadgets.
> >>> faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU 02/11/04 06:49AM >>>
>I have that same echo of "electric skillet" in my head, but can't
>imagine where it came from, as "skillet" is one of those exotic terms
>that I might have learned in the first dialectology unit in my intro
>linguistics class.
>Dennis R. Preston said:
> >Well I'm older than both of you (so you can imagine the incredible
> >authority this must have). I began saying electric frying pan when
> >the silly things were introduced, reduced it to electric frypan, and
> >now use frypan exclusively to refer to the electric thing. A ringer
> >in my usage may have been the fact that I had both skillet and frying
> >pan before the electric goodies, and, if I recall correctly, had a
> >slight preference for frying pan for the oldtime cast iron type and a
> >slight preference for skillet for stainless steel, aluminum, and
> >other instantiations of the genre. (No, didn't have no spiders.)
> >Oddly, since the electric ones looked more like the latter, I never
> >used electric skillet, although I understand it exists (or existed)
> >and may have an echo of it in my head.
> >
> >dInIs (whose echoes in his head seem to increase)
> >
> >
> >
> >Sam Clements said:
> >according to OED, notes that the electric implement's launch prompted the
> >use of "frypan".
> >
> >  Is there a bifurcation like this in AmE? What is the status of "frying
> pan"
> >nowadays?
> >
> >I'm 59 and remember when "electric frypan" was a phrase in the 1960's  I
> >haven't heard it since.  And I'd bet that most Americans would say the same.
> >And, you needed that "electric" before the word "frypan."
> >
> >"Frying pan" is the only thing you hear in the last 25+ years.  IMHO.
> >
> >
> >I'm a bit younger than you are, and I don't recall the electric
> >version ever being called anything other than an "electric frying
> >pan".
>Alice Faber                                             faber at
>Haskins Laboratories                                  tel: (203) 865-6163 x258
>New Haven, CT 06511 USA                                     fax (203)

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