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Old 10-11-2016, 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Hilarity N. Suze View Post
Ah, got it. Well, one of the sites called the stink bug a "true bug" and another one said it wasn't actually a bug, so, you know.
Stink bugs belong to the Order Hemiptera, which entomologists refer to as "true bugs." Pedants use this fact to castigate people for referring to insects in general, as well as spiders and other small arthropods, as "bugs.""Bug," first used in the 14th Century, is a perfectly correct word to use for all small crawling things. I don't know when entomologists adopted the restricted meaning, but there's no reason not to use bug in a general sense.

Stink bugs are bugs in both senses, so whatever site said they weren't is very mixed up.

Not everything you see on the internet is true.
-Abraham Lincoln

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