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Old 10-12-2016, 02:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Colibri View Post
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.
Nice to see common sense prevailing. Words can mean more than one thing - the same sort of thing has happened with 'Organic'. it doesn't only mean 'containing carbon'.