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    Beetle US/UK

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by JohnM, Feb 10, 2013.

    The word 'beetle'...

    Is it more commonly used in the UK?

    Is the word 'bug' used in the USA more?

    ...for this creature: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Beetle-Bessbug.jpg
     
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    I'm not from the UK but my husband is. I showed him the picture and said he'd call it a beetle and not a bug.
     
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    in the us, people would be just as apt to call it a 'beetle' as they would 'bug'...
     
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    I'm from the US, and I use both. I would call that picture a beetle, but it's still a bug... just a subdivision of bug. Like there are flies, mosquitoes, gnats, cockroaches, beetles, and a million other different types of small invertebrate creatures that belong to the insect and arachnid families. The blanket term for all of them, that I use anyway, is "Bug". Beetle is a more specific way to call a certain bug.

    Now, if you're talking about volkswagons, I call them bugs... lol, but that may be a more british thing, not sure.
     
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    thanks. that answers my question. beetle it is :)
     

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