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Posted: 25 April 2017 12:34 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Entomology meets etymology

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Posted: 25 April 2017 01:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I have a vague recollection from childhood (pre-WW2), of a popular song, the refrain of which was: “the love bug’s going to get you, if you don’t watch out”.

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Posted: 25 April 2017 07:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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This is probably the song Lionello remembers. Of course that’s about a bug that functions as sort of epidemiological Cupid’s arrow.

After a 450-mile round trip family visit, I spent about an hour Monday morning with my pressure washer getting the remains of the Texas love bugs that Dave refers to off my truck.

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Posted: 26 April 2017 05:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I suspect the first time we English encountered the phrase was as the title of that dreadful 1968 Disney movie about a talking VW called Wally, and I’m sure none of us realized then (or now for the most part) that it was the name of an actual insect. I remember my then wife dragging me to see this when we were living in Barnstaple, Devon. I won’t swear that this was a factor in our eventual break-up some years later but I won’t swear it wasn’t either.

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Posted: 26 April 2017 06:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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[Ant]Lion-ello, “I have a vague recollection from childhood (pre-WW2), of a popular song, the refrain of which was: “the love bug’s going to get you, if you don’t watch out”.

During WW2 the refrain in England would, more appropriately, have been: “the doodlebug’s going to get you, if it doesn’t buzz off”.

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Posted: 26 April 2017 04:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I suspect the first time we English encountered the phrase was as the title of that dreadful 1968 Disney movie about a talking VW called Wally, and I’m sure none of us realized then (or now for the most part) that it was the name of an actual insect. I remember my then wife dragging me to see this when we were living in Barnstaple, Devon. I won’t swear that this was a factor in our eventual break-up some years later but I won’t swear it wasn’t either.

This dreadful movie was the top-grossing film of 1969, followed by five more dreadful love-bug movies. De gustibus non est disputandum.

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Posted: 26 April 2017 05:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I loved it. But then, I was six years old at the time.

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Posted: 27 April 2017 08:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Logophile - 26 April 2017 04:00 PM

This dreadful movie was the top-grossing film of 1969, followed by five more dreadful love-bug movies. De gustibus non est disputandum.

Indeed, chacun à son goût. Incidentally I watched Buñuel’s 1964 movie Le journal d’une femme de chambre for the first time today (been trying to find it on the net for ages). Now there’s a film! And Jeanne Moreau can plot my downfall any time (especially if she seduces me to do it)! Actually I was a little hard on my ex, after all she adored Fellini’s Satyricon, which I dragged her to see, and for that I could forgive much.

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Posted: 27 April 2017 09:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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aldiboronti - 26 April 2017 05:32 AM

I suspect the first time we English encountered the phrase was as the title of that dreadful 1968 Disney movie about a talking VW called Wally…

I don’t believe I’ve ever seen the movie in its entirety, but I’m fairly certain the titular car’s name is Herbie, unless that was changed for some bizarre reason in the UK.

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Posted: 27 April 2017 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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NotThatGuy - 27 April 2017 09:45 AM

aldiboronti - 26 April 2017 05:32 AM
I suspect the first time we English encountered the phrase was as the title of that dreadful 1968 Disney movie about a talking VW called Wally…

I don’t believe I’ve ever seen the movie in its entirety, but I’m fairly certain the titular car’s name is Herbie, unless that was changed for some bizarre reason in the UK.

Checked it and you’re quite right. It shows how memorable I found the film.

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Posted: 27 April 2017 05:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I thought it was Herpes the Love Bug.

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