Take ‘peabugs’ off ‘died out’ list

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

I read with in­ter­est your article based on an in­ter­view with lin­guist David Hornsby about the evo­lu­tion of the Kent ac­cent (KE, Oc­to­ber 5).

Un­der the head­ing ‘How we speak’ and ‘words that have died out’ you listed ‘peabugs’ for ‘wood lice’.

He should have been with me to­day when, in con­ver­sa­tion from a roofer based in Gilling­ham, he told me that when he took old chim­ney stacks from houses: “The stacks were al­ways filled with peabugs. You wouldn’t think they live up there, but they do.”

I didn’t like to dis­play my ig­no­rance and ask him what a ‘peabug’ was, but thanks to your article, now I know.

Per­haps you can pass on to Mr Hornsby the fact that ‘peabugs’ are alive and well in this part of Kent and so can be re­moved from his ‘died out’ list. John Cooper Ed­win Road, Rain­ham

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