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Another suggestion for the origin of the earwig name is the combination of two Anglo Saxon words, "eard" meaning native soil, and 'wicga' meaning beetle or insect.
I think I'll claim the term as a Wiganism.
I'm sure Tonker will be happy to help with confirmation.
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 14:50