Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Apr 28 01:29:13 UTC 2013

I tried that out in my Words class as usual (I always like using "refrigerator"/"fridge"/"icebox" as an example of referential equivalence sans full synonymy or interchageability) and a couple of students were used to it hearing from their grandparents.  When I started out teaching the class 20 years ago it was their parents (some of them, anyway) who used the term.  I still use it on occasion myself, and I'm not even a grandparent.  On the other hand, I am 67 going on 68.


On Apr 27, 2013, at 8:40 PM, Dan Goodman wrote:

> I used to say "icebox" for refrigerator.  Have stopped because people
> were looking at me funny.
> Is this a generational change?  (I'm 70.)  Or a difference between
> Hudson Valley and Twin Cities speech?
> Or possibly both, or some alternative which didn't occur to me.
> --
> Dan Goodman
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