Year 2 – March 4, 2013 – The Tridge
This area is known simply as “The Tridge” – a three-way wooden footbridge above the confluence of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers near downtown Midland, Michigan, in the Tri-Cities region. The tridge is a portmanteau of “tri” and “bridge”, the structure opened in 1981. It consists of one 31-foot (9.4 m) tall central pillar supporting three spokes. Each spoke is 180 feet (55 m) long by 8 feet (2.4 m) wide. Portmanteau is a combination of two (or more) words or morphemes, and their definitions, into one new word. (Gotta love Wikipedia for all the source of great information at one’s fingertips).
I am not sure if the committee that decided on the name was aware that Tridge is not a new word. According to the some website that I couldn’t vouch for or verify, tridge is an obsolete form of the word “trudge” – which means “to walk in a laborious, heavy-footed way”. Wouldn’t be really interesting if they accidentally named a complicated bridge that would cause one to walk laboriusly, would it?