The Internet can be a wonderful and questionable source of information, but just to add a bit more to the discussion, check out the reference to Roman baths at the bottom
Alfred Mellowes was the first to construct a true refrigerator
. He was also a founder of the Frigidaire company. Often times we refer to the manuracturors name when referring to an item. I think that it is totally possible that the term fridge
was used because the majority of households initially had a fridigaire until other companies started to mass produce, but by then the name stuck
July 25, 2010 at 7:15 PM
Thanks for the enlightenment! I think we missed that when originally writing the article. Of course, trademarks very often get "genericised". In Britain a vacuum cleaner will forever be called a "hoover", much to the annoyance of the Hoover company, who have probably more or less lost their trademark claim by now!
July 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM
In Ancient Roman bath houses, the romans would induce sweating by moving from one room to another. Frigidarium is the second stage, it is known as the "cold room". Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Roman_bathing"
Anyone need a Q-Tip (registered trademark name for a cotton swab)?