laika-the-bitch: in an interesting case of linguistic convergent evolution, the english words scale, scale, and scale are all false cognates of each other
laika-the-bitch: scale as in “to climb" comes from the latin scala, for ladder. scale as in the measuring device comes from the old norse skal, for a drinking vessel sometimes used as a weighing device scale as in the dermal plating on the skin of some fish and reptiles comes from the old french escale, for shell or husk.
datasoong47: The second and third are actually related, although they entered English through different paths. Both =are from Proto-Germanic *skald, the Old French having been a loan word from either Old Frankish or Old High German The native English cognate of those two is shale.