The $64,000 question, of course, is what exactly is "frigerifick"...and why the hell is Heather talking about it? Well, in the interest of trivia based edification, I thought I'd have a "Word of the Day" segment on Huzzah. Since I started with a title that already lurks in the dark recesses of half-remembered colonial history, I present "Forgotten Words", courtesy of a card pack my parents picked up for me in Colonial Williamsburg.
Today, I will edify you as to the meaning of word forgotten. In subsequent posts, you're going to have to keep reading at least until the next day to be enlightened.
FRIGERIFICK: Adjective borrowed directly from Latin, perhaps as late as the mid 1600s, that denoted cooking, freezing, or cold-producing. Frigerifric
by at October 07, 2004 5:49 PM
was used originally in scientific writing and later in general literature. The word frigidarium--a cooling room adjacent to a Roman bath--was borrowed from Latin, as were its companion words, the temperate tepidarium and the hot caldarium.