Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Wed Feb 11 22:05:24 UTC 2004
On Feb 11, 2004, at 12:18 PM, Beverly Flanigan, following up to Larry
> That reminds me: I think I also use "skillet" with "cast-iron";
> it's frying pan.
that's my usage exactly, learned from ann daingerfield zwicky some 44
years ago. i still have the wonderful (but *heavy*) cast-iron (or
simply iron) skillets handed down through several daingerfield
generations (they fit together to make a dutch oven, even), plus a
smaller one bought and seasoned a mere 20 years ago. everything else
that's fairly shallow and is used for frying, sauteing, etc. is a
frying pan. there are no frypans.
ann once (like, 45 years ago) had an electric frying pan, so called by
her, though i *think* its makers thought it was an electric skillet.
this looks like a sofa/couch situation, where people seek to avoid
having full synonyms by specializing one or both items, but different
people do so in different ways.
arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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