Trench Mouth




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Trench Mouth : Phrases



Meaning:

A disease created from eating from/in unsanitary conditions.


Example:

Malnutrition and
trench mouth are serious problems facing much of the populace in third world countries.


Origin:

In the 1500s, most people did not have pewter plates, but had
trenchers - a piece of wood with the middle scooped out like a bowl. Often trenchers were made from stale paysan bread which was so old and hard that they could use them for quite some time. Trenchers were never washed, and a lot of times worms and mold got into the wood and old bread. After eating off wormy, moldy trenchers, one would get trench mouth.





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