Date: Sun, 1 Oct 1995 21:44:33 -0400 From: Seth Sklarey Subject: Re: icebox From: Seth Sklarey Coconut Grove FL crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Have been reading ADS-L for several weeks and it is my favorite spot on the 'net, and I subscribed. My folks who were born 1901 & 1905 and were raised in Newark, NJ, used to always it the icebox and eventually evolved to calling it the Fridgidaire or the Fridge. There is a word for when brand names become the generic but I forget what it is. What is interesting about the iceboxis that my father had a friend, Louis Ulanet, an inventor,who was bothered that the melting ice from the icebox would fill the container beneath the box and overflow to wet the floor. He invented a bell which rang when the container was almost full. From this he invented and developed and patented the thermostat, which made him millions. Whenever I hear the word icebox I think of him. He also invented the nose scissor, those short scissors with the rounded tips. Since you all have been off Mondegreens for a week, I thought I'd offer one of my own. "Politics makes strange buffaloes." Seth Sklarey Wittgenstein School of the Unwritten Word Coconut Grove, FL crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >b. 1959, Atlanta, GA > >like Natalie, I rarely hear either range or icebox here in the South. I don't >remember any of my relatives saying icebox, though my father might say >something like that in jest. My grandmother called hers a frigidaire, which it >took me many years to decipher. > >Ellen JOhnson ejohnson[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > >