frypan/frying pan

FRITZ JUENGLING juengling_fritz at SALKEIZ.K12.OR.US
Wed Feb 11 17:27:50 UTC 2004

I'm somewhat mystified by the question.  Maybe I have something else in mind from what you are thinking.  Are you talking about the words 'frying pan' or the object itself?  If the object, what do people use now instead?

>>> flanigan at OHIOU.EDU 02/11/04 07:59AM >>>
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
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