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The creepy-crawly with 250 different names

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Still Waters

It is a tiny land-dwelling crustacean, with a segmented flattened body and seven pairs of jointed legs.

Researchers have been carrying out a survey of the regional variations in names for the garden-dwelling creature.

And they have already recorded 250 different names.

Granny grey, cheesy bob and chucky pig are among some of the titles it is given.

In Welsh it is known as a mochyn coed, which means wood pig.

Dr Warren Maguire, a lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh, is carrying out the survey along with other researchers.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-53308981

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acute

It's woodlouse/woodlice here. I've never heard them called anything else!

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Orphalesion

In English I call them woodlice, it's the n'a. E most people are familiar with in my experience, or isopods. 

In German I have only ever heard them call Assel(sing.) /Asseln(plural.)

In French the only name I've heard so far is "colportes"

They are also one of the very small group of animals that send me running and screaming if I see them (especially in large numbers) 

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Still Waters

I know someone who calls them slaters. I call them woodlice.

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Kaikou
4 hours ago, acute said:

It's woodlouse/woodlice here. I've never heard them called anything else!

Yeah same here.

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