frigorific

Pronounced: frih-guh-RIH-fik, adj

Notes: I should have been able to guess the correct meaning


Yesterday’s word

The word scrouge means “to squeeze, press, or crowd”

First usage

This word came into English in the mid-1700s

Background / Comments

As I noted yesterday, I mis-read this word as “scourge”, which is entirely different. Our word was altered from the word scruze, which is a combination of screw and squeeze. I suspect that our word came from people mis-hearing scruze – perhaps making it an early “eggcorn” word?

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Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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