Re: CHAT of pillbugs and pilcrows (was: Greek letter names etc)
|From:||Estel Telcontar <estel_telcontar@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, March 11, 2004, 2:02|
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
Mark Reed ha tera a:
> 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.
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