Take ‘peabugs’ off ‘died out’ list
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