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Which is correct, “roach” or “cockroach”?

May 13, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

The original name for this insect pest is cockroach. Roach is merely a curtailed form of cockroach. This word is not a compound of cock and roach, as many erroneously suppose. If it were, it would be correct to speak of “henroaches” as well as cockroaches. But the word is a corrupted form of Spanish …

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