For the upcoming house purchase, Jen and I are exploring options for appliances. One such appliance, the refrigerator, has caused some mental frustration.
Annoyance: Refrigerator vs. Fridge
Where did that D come from in the abbreviated form Fridge?
After some research I’ve learned that the reasoning is sloppy. When a G is sandwiched between vowels it often creates a combo sound of d+guh, like refrigerator, regenerate, and gauge. However, sometimes when it’s at the end of a word the preceding vowel is lengthened and the G loses it’s D sound: Think Oblige or Siege. Why? I have no idea. Grammerphils care to comment?
One’s first attempt to correct this might be to remove the E at the end of the word, but that ends up making Frig rhyme with Wig.
The best way to force the pronunciation was to add a D. Think: Ledge, Bridge, Ridge, Fudge, Melissa Ethridge.
Here’s why it’s sloppy: Garbage, Pillage. Neither have the D but both have the D sound. One site suggests that this is because the accent is on the first syllable.
In conclusion: who knows? English is weird.