Happy Fry-Day

Reading about "the vanishing Grid'l Shield", my inner copy editor responds with a snarky, silent comment on "the vanishing vowel"—but I digress.

Actually, the meter of the headline puts me in mind of 'The Surrey with the Fringe on Top'—but again, I digress.

I'm all in favor of range-top griddles, but there's something about this 1953 version that bothers me. I think surrounding said grid'l with walls would not solve the problem it purports to address. It merely substitutes cleaning grease spatters off the cooktop with cleaning grease spatters off the enclosure shield. [Or should that be "she'ld"?]