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

From:Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Date:Thursday, March 11, 2004, 4:46
Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> writes:>I have a
word to add to the growing list!  I and my family have always
>calld them "woodbugs". I'm familiar with the words "wood louse", "sow >bug" and "pill bug" for them, in decreasing degree. But I always say >"wood bug"
I've heard them called "Sow bugs, Pill Bugs, or Rolly Polys, the latter is what kids usually use. Woodlouse isn't used by anyone here, hardly (Here is Central California). Generally Sowbug is used for the type that doesn't roll into a ball, and Pill bug for those that do. They're interesting creatures. One of the species seems to have a very intense shade of purple to its shell when the shell is new. They actually have gills, which is why they stick around moist environments. The largest isopod (which is what all of these are) is Bathynomus giganteus, which can reach over a foot long and is like a huge version of the sow bug. Very very freaky to look at. Isopods are kind of a living fossil. They haven't changed form very much for the past 300 million years. ALl technical drawings i've seen of them they look like something that should be extinct.