A new (to me, IAC) spelling rule

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 1 01:40:30 UTC 2010

Thanks to Wilson Gray. Below are recorded the comment number and the
author. Also, below is a shortened link that is supposed to go to the
exact comment. Bonus: two longer links (that might break): One link to
the comment page and another link to the exact comment.

74. August 31, 2010 1:03 pm
Bed bugs is TWO words – not one. The general rule for writing out
common names of insects is as follows. If the insect name is a
misnomer (e.g., the dragonfly is NOT a fly and neither is a
damselfly), then the whole name is written as one word. If it is not a
misnomer, then it is written as two words (e.g., house fly, which is a
real fly). The bed bug is a “true” bug and therefore is two words.
— Srini




Good luck

On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 9:11 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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> On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 7:26 PM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu> wrote:
>> Wilson, if you can post the whole damn passage, why can't you tell us where it came from?
> <http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/wp-comments-post.php>
> It is or was the last comment on p.4 of the comments. There's an
> earlier instance to which the NYT replies that it used the Webster's
> New World Collegiate as its authority and notes that other comments
> making the same complaint have been received.
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> -Wilson
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