Granfer Gravys and Cheeselogs… you what?!

These little critters seemed to be around everywhere when I was a kid, where have they gone?

Anyway, on Sunday I saw one dragging his/her sorry exoskeleton across a friend’s kitchen floor, and remembered just what an absurd name they use to go by back in deepest darkest Somserset… “Granfer Gravys”. This was met with derision until I “proved” it with the power of Google. And I uncovered a few more silly names for Oniscus asellus, AKA the Woodlice, AKA:

Chuggypigs
Cheeselogs
Roly-polys (OK I get this one)
Carpenters
Parson’s Pigs
Butchie Boys

What does it all mean?!

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