What the heck’s an escutcheon?

Escutcheon

(noun)

  1. a defined area on which armorial bearings are displayed and which usually consists of a shield356573566_2f2c571ef9
  2. a protective or ornamental plate or flange (as around a keyhole)
  3. the part of a ship’s stern on which the name is displayed

This is a very fun word to say, but I will probably never have use for it in my life, unless, of course, I’m editing a manuscript in which it appears. In that case, I’ll be an escutcheon expert. Oh, and this blog uses the “Escutcheon” theme, but I really see no resemblance. (Update: As of 15 June 2017, I no longer use this theme.)

IMAGE BELONGS TO Andrew Malone AND WAS RETRIEVED FROM FLICKR VIA CREATIVE COMMONS.

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