Phil (The half of the team who isn’t off on holiday. Again): Writing something a couple of days ago, I typed the word “Plane”, this being the abbreviated form of “aeroplane” or “unnatural flying machine that any sensible person will agree will never work.”
I couldn’t decide if it should be plane or ‘plane.
Likewise, I have a tendency to type ‘phone and even, if I’m feeling particularly obstreperous, ‘fridge.
Sadly, I think I’m the last person in the world to think like this.
At what point did fridge, plane and phone become words and not just the truncated versions of refrigerator, aeroplane and telephone?
(Note: It may help if you imagine this post read in received pronunciation and probably by a gentleman wearing evening dress. Or tweed.)