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Old 26-08-15, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Tony F View Post
Makes me wonder how on earth a term with a scientific basis gets to be "street slang".
I would think that it is the other way round Tony, it's more likely to have been a term that was in colloquial usage that has been adopted as a more standard 'common' name for certain species.

In "Flies of the British Isles", published in 1951, Colyer & Hammond mention a number of names used for members of the horsefly family, and state:
"Of these, the term 'cleg' appears to be generally used today in respect of Haematopota species..."
It may just be that, in the areas that they tended to do their entomology, other terms were used for different horseflies.
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