Monday, May 28, 2018


Leslie wrote, “This weekend I’ve seen references to plaques commemorating military service, and for the first time I noticed that it’s the same spelling that my dentist uses for the bacterial scaling that gets deposited on my teeth. How on earth are they connected?”

The word plaque came into English through a French word that meant a flat plate or tablet, and many of the subsequent uses of the word are a reference to that shape or appearance.

At various times, plaque was
·      a badge signifying rank in an honorary order,
·      a decorated ornamental metal or porcelain tablet meant to be used as a wall decoration or inset into the back of a piece of furniture,
·      a plate affixed to a monument or building describing its history,
·      a counter or chip used in gambling,
·      a flat or slightly elevated area of abnormal tissue,
·      a thickening of fibrous tissue in an artery,
·      a patch of hard material deposited on the teeth,
·      an area of degeneration in the cerebral cortex found in Alzheimer’s patients,
·      a clear area on the cellular level produced by a virus.

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