Nearly 80 percent of those interviewed for the Dictionary of American Regional English volunteered lightning bug, while not quite 30 percent said firefly (including those who said both). Only in the northernmost states, especially New England, and along the Pacific coast, does firefly hold its own with lightning bug. Bug itself is nowadays an American term; since the 18th century, the British have preferred insect.
In my rural little wonderland, there are a lot more animals than there are people, and road kill is a sad fact of life. Even if I didn't feel bad about killing animals, self-preservation demands I try to avoid them - because it doesn't take a very large animal to be TOO large when driving a Miata. So, when I moved here four years ago I learned very quickly that the eyes of all nocturnal animals glow in the dark (okay, they actually reflect, but let's not quibble). I learned to watch closely for that tell-tale glow at the edge of the road and would immediately slow the car when I saw it.
Late July arrives, in fact just about this time of the year. I leave the house late, going to the store for something, and almost immediately see glowing eyes. I slow down, but see nothing. A few score feet later, more glowing eyes. I slow down. Nothing. Then more glowing eyes, and more glowing eyes, and by the time I drive eight miles to the store I'm a nervous wreck.
Yep. Fireflies are seasonal. And in a moving car, they look a LOT like glowing eyes.
Yep, rabbits, groundhogs, chipmunks. Squirrels, of course. Snakes and turtles. Lots and lots of possum and raccoon, either of which can grow nearly as big as the Miata. Plenty of deer. Wild turkeys and quail, as well as some kind of black bird about the size of a small airplane (something has to clean up all that road kill). And once a year, in late fall, the roads are literally covered with frogs for a few days as they move to their winter cottages.
That's just the wild life, though. Your heart hasn't beat until you come around a curve doing eighty and find a thousand pounds of live beef blocking your path. It gives a whole new meaning to "drive through hamburger."
Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
Nan, I hate these rotaries in NH, they scare me half to death, in make no sense to leap into a circle of people going six different directions at 60 MPH, ackkk! I knew the difference between frappes and milkshakes, my grandpa used to run a little ice cream store in NH, the frappe has the ice cream, and the milkshake does not. And in NH or CA its still soda to me. I never paid mutch attention to the other, but I think they are subs. Its funny but some people in NH call soda "tonic". Go figure. I never could understand it..
COke=EVERYTHING here. we have submarine sandwiches and milkshakes.
when i was a kid we used to catch the lighteningbugs or fireflies (called by either/or) and take the lights off the abdomen when it was lite and wear them where the finger connects to the hand. it made lil glowing rings. of course the firefly would die.. but hell i was a kid and didnt think about it. THEY WERE PRETTY!
acire.. grits? we have grits here in the south. i guess you could say they're sort of like cream of wheat or oats. and most ppl put butter and sugar in them or butter and salt/pepper. they're usually eaten at breakfast. tiff
Allan Riverwood is a sexay man!
Oh Tiff! HeHeHe- I used to rip the tummy off the fireflies too!(Yep, I call them fireflies- and all my Alabama-born friends make fun of me and tell me they are "Lightning bugs!") HeHe, my brother finally explained to me I was killing them...I cried and cried after that. But man- Before that- I was stylin'. I had my firefly earings, firefly rings...LOL...I couldn't get my hands on enough of those lil bugs.
You wouldn't worry about what people thought about you if you knew how seldom they did.