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Free the Word: Cheeselogs

28 September 2017

When the Cheeselogs and the Slaters met by Hollie McNish

BBC Radio Berkshire

When the Cheeselogs and the Slaters met by Hollie McNish

Noun: A woodlouse. Suggested by listeners to Radio Berkshire.

My mother's message clear in Glasgow-speak, but in Berkshire skin got splinters

def | a woodlouse

The creatures known as roly-poly bugs in North America, slaters in Scotland, New Zealand, and Australia, and chucky pigs in the south-west of England, are often called cheeselogs in the south of England, particularly in Berkshire. And it was cheeselog (along with cheesehog, cheezog, and chizzlepig) which was a popular choice when BBC Berkshire listeners were asked to suggest distinctive local words. / Eleanor Maier, OED associate editor

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