Trench Mouth : Phrases
A disease created from eating from/in unsanitary conditions.
Malnutrition and trench mouth are serious problems facing much of the populace in third world countries.
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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