What do you call them ?

Foxbat

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Apparently, 250 different names across the UK have been recorded so far for this tiny crustacean.
I’ve always called the Slaters. What do you call them?
 

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I call them pillbugs. My kids call them roly polies. (They learned the name in kindergarten.)
 

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What?! My veracity being questioned?! The cheek of it! ;)

(And -- somewhat disappointingly -- it's a name they've already recorded. It's second on that list they've given, which suggests it's rather more widespread than I expected, and not just confined to the Leicester of my youth.)
 

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When I was young (last century!) in Cumbria, we called them slaters, or slaiters - presumably because of the colour.
 

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There seems to be a lot of discussion on this - here's some of the others that the researchers have found:
Chuggy pigs
Pea bugs
Carpenter`s bugs
Hardy backs
Wood mice
Cheesy bugs
Tanks
Chuckywigs
Chucky pigs
Chuckybacks
Granfer grigs
Rolly Pollys
Cheese logs
Wood pigs
Penny pigs
Pellet bugs
Sow pigs
Slaiters

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JimC

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Arkansas 70 years ago - pill bugs, sow bugs, roly polys.
 

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I call them woodlice

I'm also confused why people keep calling them pigs, poor little things they are clearly more louse than pig!
 

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When I was young (last century!) in Cumbria, we called them slaters, or slaiters - presumably because of the colour.
I wondered if maybe it was because the segments looked a bit lit slate tiles on a roof :unsure:
 

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Never thought of that, but sounds very plausible.(y)
 
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