frypan/frying pan

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 17 02:37:55 UTC 2004

At 8:08 PM -0800 2/14/04, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>?None of my frying pans are cast iron. Do you say cast iron pan regardless of
>what it's made of?
>Benjamin Barrett

If I can speak for all of us, I don't know of anyone who calls
something a cast iron pan, or a cast iron skillet, regardless what
it's made of.  My claim was that I distinguish "cast iron skillet"
from "frying pan", the latter being made of silverstone/teflon
no-stick surface, aluminum, or whatever.  (I have some in each
category.)  I have heard "cast iron pan", but (even though I'm from
New York) I use skillet for the cast iron kind, but not for the


>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]
>>On Behalf Of Indigo Som
>>Am I the only person who says "cast-iron pan"? If necessary I
>>say "cast-iron frying pan". I never say skillet or frypan.

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