Posted on February 23, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’re so accustomed to calling ourselves bookworms that we never put much thought into the etymology of the word.

Thankfully, BookRiot has done that extremely heavy lifting for us — and you, if you’re scratching your chin thoughtfully along with us.

Learn about the earliest appearances of the word, about the insects that it could refer to, the literal translations of other languages’ equivalents, and more at BookRiot.

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