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Insects and idioms

A great deal of research is not necessary to show that attitudes towards insects and other little creepy crawlies (at least in western societies) are predominantly negative. And who’d be surprised: nobody loves to be pestered by flies, to be kept awake by annoying mosquitoes or to fear being stung by wasps. Moreover, there is this lingering (and justified) anxiety that some insects can transmit diseases and the knowledge that in the past fleas had been responsible for the spread of the Black Death, also known as bubonic plague and pestilence. But could insect idioms have played a role in our attitude towards them? —>—>