Entomologists Hate This Word

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It’s common to call creepy crawlies bugs, but because entomologists refer to a specific class of insects as bugs, it’s wrong to call other things bugs – right?

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
– Bug: a small insect, or an insect of a large order distinguished by having mouthparts that are modified for piercing and sucking.
– Entomology: the branch of zoology concerned with the study of insects.
– Etymology: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history.
– Insect: a small arthropod animal that has six legs and generally one or two pairs of wings.

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“Bug” Oxford English Dictionary.

Wilton, D. (2020). “Bug (computer)”, https://www.wordorigins.org/big-list-entries/bug

CSIRO Entomology, “Hemiptera – Bugs, Aphids, Cicadas.” https://www.ento.csiro.au/education/insects/hemiptera.html

Hester, J. (1594). “The pearle of Practice, or Practisers pearle, for phisicke and chirurgie…”.

Gibb, T. & Oseto, C. “How to Make an Awesome Insect Collection”, https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/401Book/default.php?page=insect_anatomy

MacNeal, D. (2017). “Bugged: The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed with Them”.

Shakespeare, W. (1603). “Hamlet”.

Winsor, M. (1976). “THE DEVELOPMENT of LINNAEAN INSECT CLASSIFICATION”. TAXON, vol. 25, no. 1, Feb. 1976, pp. 57–67, https://doi.org/10.2307/1220406

Zinna, Robert, Assistant Professor of Biology at Mars Hill University. Personal Communication.