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Plan­char and Plank

Plan­char (Span­ish for “to iron”) comes from the French for the same, planche, which comes from the Latin plan­cus, for “straight.” Iron­ing is mak­ing some­thing straight!

From that same root, we get the Eng­lish… plank. A plank, af­ter all, is just a piece of wood that is… straight.

The map­ping of the Span­ish p‑l-n-ch to the Eng­lish p‑l-n‑k is quite clear.

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