March 31, 2012
brain freeze (noun)
\BRAYN-FREEZ\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a sudden shooting pain in the head caused by ingesting very cold food (as ice cream) or drink
How do you use it?
The milkshake was really good, but the first sip gave me a terrible brain freeze.
Are you a word wiz?

Freeze right there and answer this: when do you think "brain freeze" first began to be used in newspapers, books, and magazines?

Give a cheer if your brain thought D was the right answer. Dating only as far back as 1991, "brain freeze" is a rather new word. Unlike the other dates we gave you to choose from, however, nothing significant seems to have happened in 1991 in the world of ice cream. Answer A, 1874, is the year the ice-cream soda was invented. In 1904, the date of answer B, the ice-cream cone was invented at the World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. Soft ice cream, sometimes called "soft service" ice cream, was invented the year of answer C, 1939.
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