frypan/frying pan

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Wed Feb 11 16:36:09 UTC 2004

I don't think I've used one for 30 years...I almost set my dorm room
on fire with one.

Beverly Flanigan said:
>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".

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