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charger plates origin of pharase from

updated tue 24 jan 06


Edward Whittemore on mon 23 jan 06

Charger Plate
For those of you that have not dined in a really elegant restaurant lately,
a charger plate is a large dish that is on the table when you are seated and
other plates and dishes are placed, or loaded, on top of it. The term is
either from the Anglo-Norman chargeour meaning that which loads, or from the
Old French chargeoir meaning a utensil that is used to load (in this case
food onto a dish). The command "charge your glasses" traditionally given
before toast is of the same origin. The term dates to the early 14th