January 30, 2021
JAN 30, insects: the (cock)roach
cucaracha: Spanish for cockroach, presumably giving rise in the early 17th century to the English name for the insect
cockroach: adjectival form for the common insect (of thousands of species, only four are characterized as pests; cockroachlike might also be used in appropriate instances) In the 1830s, Victorians adopted the shortened form roach to avoid the sexual connotations of the insect's name.
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