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I chose Eclectic Earwig Reviews, (EER), for a music review website name
because (EER) sounded like "EAR". Also, "eclectic" denotes a certain system
of selectively choosing, (which is how I try and decide what music EER reviews).
"Earwig" also already had the "EAR" syllable in it. I envisioned the "eclectic
earwig" as sound-info being channeled into one's brain via the ear, via EER,
via music, crawling in . . . via the "earwig" selectively whispering of
delightfully eclectic music. And there you have it!
READ MORE ABOUT THE ACTUAL EARWIG INSECT BELOW:
THE OFFICIALLY EVER-GROWING, EARWIG INFO-DUMP:
An earwig is a small insect with prominent pincers (cerci) at the end of
its abdomen, belonging to the order Dermaptera. Although they are actually
harmless soil scavengers, there is a very old, persistent belief that earwigs
crawl into people's ears, becoming deeply lodged there.
There is also a more recent verb sense: to "earwig" someone is to try to
influence them by persistently whispering in their ear or communicating
The Old English word for "insect" was wicga, which probably came from the
ancient root wig-, source of Modern English wiggle. To the Anglo- Saxons,
an earwig was an earwicga (ear-insect, or ear-wiggler).
The earwig's unearned reputation also contributed to its name in other languages;
in French it is a perce-orielle (ear-piercer), in German it is an Ohrwurm
(ear-worm) and in Russian it is an ukhovertka (ear- turner).
* Old wives tales tell of earwigs finding there way into the ears of sleeping
people only to cause fever and insanity.
Males usually have longer, curved cerci than females' shorter straight forceps.
Some species can inflict a painful pinch with their cerci, but most species
are harmless if handled. The cerci are used for defense and for capturing prey.
*Contrary to the old wives' tale, they do not crawl into your ears at night.
They are active primarily at night and may be attracted to light. They
are commonly found entering the household in the summertime.
* The name earwig is from a European superstition that these insects entered
the ears of a sleeping person and bored into the brain.
Earwigs are nocturnal, actively feeding during the night and hiding during
the day. As morning approaches, they search for a place to hide, preferably a
dark, damp area . . . ? ? ?
IS THIS FOR REAL??
RE: Earwigs in house driving me crazy!
Posted by: Monika Glover (Monika's e-mail addy) on Wed, Oct 13, 99 at 13:54
Last night I woke up with horrible pain in my ear and after calling my
father to come to my house and pick me up to go to the emergency room I tried
to get dressed and ended up on my bedroom floor crying my eyes out I started
to bang my head with my hand almost like I had swimmer's ear and I felt relief
so I banged harder and out came the largest earwig I ever saw so I am spraying
everything in my house with RAID . . . I am in very much pain today and have
to leave work early to go to the doctor's YES THEY DRIVE ME CRAZY I cannot sleep.
THIS JUST IN!! WILD!! via E-mail from "P.E." in NYC, USA: Date: 31 Jul 2000 08:30:21 -0400 *Contrary to the old wives' tale, they do not crawl into your ears at night." Nope, they sure do. One night my father woke me up ranting that something was in his ear so I poured water in his ear,figuring whatever was in there wouldn't want to drown. Sure enough, out came an earwig (think Star Trek II), so I disagree with your assessment about the "old wives' tale". Believe me, they'll crawl into your ear. My Dad said that when it was in there its antennae scraped against his eardrum, sounded like he had a B-17 in his head. Thought I'd share P. E. NYC
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