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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
"wood bug"

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.
> -Mark
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