By Mark Frauenfelder at 1:21 pm Thu, Apr 18, 2013
I, for one, welcome our arachnid masters!
That’s not a bug…
I’d call any land arthropod that’s not a crustacean a bug, as would most English speakers.
“Bug” is not strictly synonymous with “insect.”
It includes insects, but is a colloquial catch-all for a whole range of small creepy-crawlies, including arachnids.
Thus making this usage totally fine.
It surely doesn’t include geckos nor geckos with no water on their heads. Actually bugs are hemiptera and homoptera. None of these are them.
Who ever mentioned geckos?
Your other point is archaic/anachronistic.
Sorry, words are defined by usage. Prescriptive definitions are BS.
I assume you just lift up the plastic dome to implant the new brain.
If most people do it, then it must be right, I suppose.
In the case of language, that’s frequently true.
I think we need someone who’s both an entomologist and an etymologist to weigh in here.
I, for one, welcome our new Spiders-with-Waterdrops-on-the-Head meme. I do not circulate bunnies-with-pancake photographs. I have never circulated bunnies-with-pancake photographs.
Whoa! I thought I was the only one who took pictures of spiders with water droplets on their heads! He is much better at it. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jere7my/7607743864/in/photostream/
Still not as good as a bunny with a pancake on its head.
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