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Old 08-21-2015, 12:49 PM
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Default What did you call isopods when you were a kid?

I am interested in finding out various regional names for isopod. Your help would be appreciated. Please tell me:

1. The most common name(s) you used/heard.
2. Less commonly used/heard names.
3. Your home country and state/province/region you lived in.

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Old 08-21-2015, 01:38 PM
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Default Re: What did you call isopods when you were a kid?

I am from Minnesota originally and remember them as "rollie pollies." Not even sure if that's how you spell it


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Old 08-21-2015, 06:17 PM
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Called them "rollie pollies" (rolie polies?) also, and less frequently heard them called pillbugs or sowbugs. From MD.
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Potato bugs.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:01 PM
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Default Re: What did you call isopods when you were a kid?

I've seen this before on a couple regional dialect quizzes, but can't seem to find the last one I took.

This page has some maps in it:
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This list includes some international names also: 20 Regional Names for Woodlice | Mental Floss

I think I like "chisel bobs" the best. I have to admit, sometimes I feel overly fancy calling these "isopods." I always called them roly-polies growing up. The only other terms I ever heard were pillbugs, or less commonly, sowbugs. I grew up in Lincoln, NE.

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Called them "rollie pollies" (rolie polies?) also, and less frequently heard them called pillbugs or sowbugs. From MD.
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Exactly what I was going to say.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania. Live in Ohio now and most people call them pill bugs here.

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Old 08-22-2015, 04:52 AM
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We always called them "pill bugs", but now I hear a lot of "sow bugs" too.

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On Long Island:

The ones that roll up--pill bugs.
The flat ones--wood lice.
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SF Bay Area. Sow bugs for the isopods like we use in our vivs. Pill bugs for the similar bugs that were a little more dome shaped and could roll themselves into a much tighter ball. I think that's all we ever called them.


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I grew up in Oklahoma, and called them Rollie pollies or tater bugs. I seem to remember other people calling them wood lice.
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Texas - rollie pollies.
My wife from Utah calls em potato bugs.


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CA- Rollie Pollies


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We call em' Rollie pollies and potato bugs out here in Oregon (or at least the kids around here do).

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...potato bugs.
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...potato bugs.
Forgot about this one.

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Originally from Illinois - Rollie pollies and less commonly pill bugs.
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Default Re: What did you call isopods when you were a kid?

California- always known them as rollie pollies, sometimes pill bugs.
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Thank you to all who responded! With the responses on this and another forum, I got some interesting data.
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Sow bugs


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Rollie pollies or pill bugs

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WI- Rollie-pollies and pill bugs

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Ohio in the 60's, roll up bugs
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