Mrs. Jiggs, in the cartoon, "Bringing up Father," frequently calls her husband an insect. This is a flagrant misuse of the term as an insect never has fewer nor more than six legs. It may be wingless as are the bedbugs, two winged as are all flies, or four winged as the grasshoppers, but no normal insect ever has more or less than six legs and by this one positive character you may know them.
©1929 by Iowa State Teachers College
Abbott, Roy L.
"Insects and Man,"
Science Bulletin: Vol. 2:
1, Article 3.
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