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We're all so hooked on phonics here, so why do so many posters spell the word "frig" when they mean "fridge"?

Fridge. Rhymes with bridge.

Frig. Rhymes with brig. Originally a dialect word meaning "to rub" and, at least in some dialects, such as mine, means to rub a particular part of your body. It is, in a word, frigging weird to see it pop up over and over again on this forum. (And I always say "frigging" instead of "freaking" too.)

I'm not sure if I want everybody to stop doing it or to just explain your reasoning or what, but the cognitive dissonance is getting to me.

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8 minutes ago, kristin0713 said:

Can I add coop?  Drives me insane.  It's co-op, not coop, unless referring to a chicken coop or being cooped up. 

I saw a post on facebook that said chicken COUP!  That made me laugh.  

 

3 hours ago, Arcadia said:

My iPhone’s autocorrect is bizarre at times. 

DH was at the store yesterday and was texting me with questions.  I typed that we had "wheat" in the freezer and didn't notice that it autocorrected to weed.  So, he got "We have weed in the freezer."  And I've had some really awkward ones I sent to my kids.  😛

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"Frig" for "fridge" has been used well before cell phones; it is not simply an autocorrect thing. I've seen hand-written signs and such using it. I also hate it, probably more than any other misspelling.

I know in casual writing people let things slip. But as noted in the OP, "frig" has a completely different meaning/connotation unrelated to refrigeration.  

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4 hours ago, Tanaqui said:

We're all so hooked on phonics here, so why do so many posters spell the word "frig" when they mean "fridge"?

Fridge. Rhymes with bridge.

Frig. Rhymes with brig. Originally a dialect word meaning "to rub" and, at least in some dialects, such as mine, means to rub a particular part of your body. It is, in a word, frigging weird to see it pop up over and over again on this forum. (And I always say "frigging" instead of "freaking" too.)

I'm not sure if I want everybody to stop doing it or to just explain your reasoning or what, but the cognitive dissonance is getting to me.

I know I used it recently because I was in a big hurry and did not spell out the entire word….refrigerator.  I annoyed myself by not spelling the entire word.  It never crossed my mind the shortened word was incorrect.  In my case Ii used it because I don’t normally shorten the word—I also had no idea frig was an actual word much less a vulgar one.   
 

So that is my explanation. I learn something new every day.  

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37 minutes ago, Noreen Claire said:

Can I ask, what post? I must have missed that one!

Probably my post on the quote thread.  The one where I said Those who feel they must always speak their mind fail to see silence as an alternative.   😉

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59 minutes ago, Scarlett said:

Probably my post on the quote thread.  The one where I said Those who feel they must always speak their mind fail to see silence as an alternative.   😉

lol… how ironic.  

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3 hours ago, AbcdeDooDah said:

Thank you! 

Can I add vaca to the list? I vote we just say vacation but if you must shorten it, please use vaycay.

Yes, my first thought is always a cow! Every time.

(although I’ve only ever seen it vacay otherwise)

 

 

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10 minutes ago, MercyA said:

 

Re(frig)erator. That's why. It's not re(fridge)rator. 

 

Not all abbreviations are just the shortened word for the very reason that's the title of this thread. When I first quoted your post I had some in mind and now for the life of me can't remember any. 😂

2 hours ago, Kassia said:

I saw a post on facebook that said chicken COUP!  That made me laugh.  

Picturing the chickens staging a coup is hilarious!

Two of the misspellings that bug me the most aren't phonics related. Both are based on the way people speak. I don't know if you'd call it mispronouncing the word/phrase as much as just lazy pronunciations that cause the misspellings. Prolly for probably is so annoying to me and makes my skin crawl. Could of, would of, should of don't make my skin crawl but do make me cringe a bit. 

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39 minutes ago, Lady Florida. said:

Not all abbreviations are just the shortened word for the very reason that's the title of this thread. When I first quoted your post I had some in mind and now for the life of me can't remember any. 😂

One that should have the spelling changed is veg--as in vegging out.  Veg rhymes with leg.  Since it actually rhymes with ledge, it should be spelled vedge, but does anyone do this?  No!  

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25 minutes ago, EKS said:

One that should have the spelling changed is veg--as in vegging out.  Veg rhymes with leg.  Since it actually rhymes with ledge, it should be spelled vedge, but does anyone do this?  No!  

Yes.  And the real question now is veg a real word and is it vulgar.

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9 hours ago, Tanaqui said:

We're all so hooked on phonics here, so why do so many posters spell the word "frig" when they mean "fridge"?

Such things bother me more than they should.  I calm myself by remembering that the g when followed by i, e or y typically is a soft g (aka j sound).

Re: shortening of dog breed names.  Rottie for Rottweiler makes sense, but Sheltie for Shetland Sheepdog does NOT; it should be Shetlie, not Sheltie.

I feel your pain 🙂

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DD did an online homeschool ornithology class this past year which was fabulous!

Except the guest birder told the group of middle/high schoolers that the term
GISS for "General Impression of Size and Shape" is actually spelled jizz.
 

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And I'm looking at the title and thinking "bitten!"  I've bitten my tongue enough.  :)

I'm the family grammar police, but I actually tend to give a lot of grace here.  I just assume that our brains are working faster than our fingers. 😉

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6 hours ago, EKS said:

Yes--and apparently frig has it's own special meaning.

But does it? Hm.  While I’ve heard others use the word frigging, I’ve not seen frig used. And if it was the g would be singular and only doubled when ‘ing’ was added. 

I caught a frog. 
I went frogging. 
 

An e behind a g marks the sound hard, like refrigerator. Alone it should be soft. But, I can understand abbreviation to a single g because folks want to not amaze the word as it was spelled in the original. 
 

But the Abigail should be Abi, not Abby or Abbie. (We have one.) English is a bizarre, complex, ever changing language. 

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I never, ever correct spelling or grammar on forums because I think it’s tasteless, but…if I read “loose” one more time (“I keep loosing my keys”, “I can never loose weight”, etc.), I will loose my faith in humanity.

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I decided years ago to embrace the loosing... (which by the way, my phone autocorrects, as I just discovered) and think of it in the "setting something free" sense of the literal verb form of the word loose. 

I'm setting this weight free sounds pretty great. I let my keys be free.

I kind of dig it and smirk when I see it now. 

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People are more inclined to make errors when shortening longer words IME, they aren't thinking about phonics but just the word as a shortened form.

But I also find typing is different than real writing. I fairly regularly use the wrong "their" when typing in a forum type format.But I know how to use them properly and I never do it when using a pen or pencil to write. 

I'd not like frig for refrigerator though, I'd tend to read it as referring to sex, which isn't just a substitute for the f-word, it's a real word of it's own from old English. But I wouldn't tend to get hot under the collar about it in a personal way.

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I hear you. The g needs the e in order to make the soft sound. And the d keeps the vowel a short I rather than a long i.

 

"Loosing" vs. "losing" drives me crazy!

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On 7/16/2021 at 1:39 PM, Junie said:

And I'm looking at the title and thinking "bitten!"  I've bitten my tongue enough.  🙂

I'm the family grammar police, but I actually tend to give a lot of grace here.  I just assume that our brains are working faster than our fingers. 😉

Hahahah, I've actually been thinking this ever since I saw this thread!!

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On 7/16/2021 at 12:39 PM, Junie said:

And I'm looking at the title and thinking "bitten!"  I've bitten my tongue enough.  🙂

I'm the family grammar police, but I actually tend to give a lot of grace here.  I just assume that our brains are working faster than our fingers. 😉

 

15 minutes ago, Not_a_Number said:

Hahahah, I've actually been thinking this ever since I saw this thread!!

Well you know the rule.  The person who complains about someone else’s grammar, word usage or sentence structure will definitely make an error in said complaint.  

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2 minutes ago, Scarlett said:

Well you know the rule.  The person who complains about someone else’s grammar, word usage or sentence structure will definitely make an error in said complaint.  

Hmmm, applying this recursively, I should have an error in my complaint... 🤔

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Just now, Not_a_Number said:

Hmmm, applying this recursively, I should have an error in my complaint... 🤔

It only applies to initial complaint.  Not the follow ups or piling on.  🤷🏻‍♀️ I don’t make the rules.  

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