Do Americans say fridge instead of refrigerator?

In England, we usually say fridge, not refrigerator. I recently watched a video where an American man is teaching some Japanese women how to say refrigerator, and the women had great trouble doing so. I thought 'Why didn't he just tell the girls to say fridge instead of making it so much harder for... show more In England, we usually say fridge, not refrigerator. I recently watched a video where an American man is teaching some Japanese women how to say refrigerator, and the women had great trouble doing so. I thought 'Why didn't he just tell the girls to say fridge instead of making it so much harder for them?'

So basically, is fridge just slang for refrigerator in England or America too?
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