Date: Mon, 2 Oct 1995 10:07:10 -0700 From: Dan Alford Subject: Re: icebox I vote with Larry here (hi, Larry!) for a national phenomenon all pretty much at the same time. B. 1946 in Los Angeles, I remember our icebox when I was very young; I remember the hole in the outside of the house where the iceman placed the block of ice, and I remember years later when we remodeled the kitchen and belatedly stuccoed over the ice door. We called the new appliance a 'fridge' ("It's in the fridge"), which I take to be the reduced form of refrigerator since my folks were confirmed Sears shoppers (when Roebuck was still around), so it probably wasn't a brand-name Frigidaire. The new even colder part was the freezer, but it took years for everyone to stop calling the combined unit 'the icebox'. On Sun, 1 Oct 1995, Larry Horn wrote: > Let me add some additional evidence for Kate Catmull's suspicion... > > >Wouldn't the distribution be by age rather than geography? My mother (b. > >1930, Minnesota) used "icebox" somewhat more often than "refrigerator" or > >"fridge," and I (b. 1958, Utah) mimicked her usage when I was a child. Now > >I almost ever hear "icebox," and I never use it. > > 'Icebox' was used in our house when I was growing up in New York City (b. > 1945) and I too used it standardly at the time but less and less frequently > since then. My wife (b. 1944), who grew up in Connecticut, reports the same > sequence. It's beginning to look like the gradual disappearance of 'icebox' > is a national, rather than regional, trend. We MAY have also used > 'frigidaire' as a generic, but my memory is unclear on that one. > > Larry >