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Re: CHAT of pillbugs and pilcrows (was: Greek letter names etc)

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Thursday, March 11, 2004, 1:52
On Wed, Mar 10, 2004 at 08:40:03PM -0500, Mark J. Reed wrote:
> > The AHD lists "pill bug" as the primary entry, citing "wood louse", > "doodlebug", "roly-poly", and "slater" as synonyms. Interestingly, > it indicates that all of the terms "pill bug", "wood louse", "doodlebug" > and "slater" may refer to either two different categories of terrestrial > crustaction, one consisting of species from genus Armadillidum and the
As I once again demonstrate my stellar typing ability. "crustaction" indeed. I neglected to mention another term, "sow bug", which is in general use synonymous with all of the above (again, except "roly-poly"), and therefore able to refer to either category of crustacean. When a technical distinction is drawn using the common names, the usual choices are "pill bug" for the roly-polies and "sow bug" for the non-roly-polies. -Mark