Fridge d?

Posted by mike d. 2 comments

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.

2 Comments
May 18, 2014
6:54 pm
#1 Jes Saint :

I’ve often wondered about that ‘d’ myself. Maybe garbage and pillage are different because of the preceding vowel being an ‘a’ whereas fridge has an ‘i’.

Jun 13, 2014
7:58 am

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