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Bed bug vs. bedbug

Last week, while reviewing an article in which I was quoted, I commented to the reporter about the spelling of the insect name “bed bug”.  The article writer was using the condensed (one word) form of the name and I argued that it should be two words. This is consistent, I said, with the way other insect compound names are handled. The editor thanked me for my input and said they would “look into it”. I suspect I know what that means.  The lumpers seem to be winning over… Read More →