A local septuagenarian has been accused of insisting on calling an Esky a “Car Fridge”, for some unknown reason, with family members suggesting he needs to get with the times. Peter Nelson has been using the somewhat outdated term all his life, and seems unlikely to change any time soon.
Nelson’s youngest son Darryl told The Watsonia Bugle that while the term “Car Fridge” was socially acceptable during the 80s and early 90s, it’s now an antiquated phrase that will most likely die alongside his father. Darryl said, “I don’t know, it’s just really jarring in these modern times. I guess I should just get over it, but it really bugs me. I mean, a portable chilling device can be used in so many more settings than just a car. Why doesn’t Dad just accept that?”
Meanwhile, Peter Nelson, who also still refers to the local Coles supermarket as “New World”, claimed he won’t be changing the way he speaks just to fit in with “current fads and trends”. He said, “Sure, language evolves with time, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. If I wanna call a car fridge a car fridge then I will. Try and stop me.”