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Joni kilter

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Joined in October 2020

Chickenpox

How did chickenpox get its name?

There are many explanations offered for the origin of the name chickenpox:

  • Samuel Johnson suggested that the disease was "less dangerous", thus a "chicken" version of the pox;
  • the specks that appear looked as though the skin was pecked by chickens;
  • the disease was named after chick peas, from a supposed similarity in size of the seed to the lesions;
  • the term reflects a corruption of the Old English word giccin, which meant itching.
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Can I eat wood?

You can eat wood, but I think the more appropriate question is

"Should I eat wood?"

The answer to that question is no, you should not eat wood!


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