I thought of the word ‘bookworm’ with affection. I mean worms aren’t very harmful and tag along the word book and it should be cute. I was curious about the word’s origin. Well, the exact origin wasn’t clear but I thought the results were interesting. Normally, when definitions are given in a dictionary the first entry is most commonly used followed by other definitions. It was the order that I thought was funny. Bookworm is basically used in two definitions: a reader and an insect that feeds off book paste.
Webster’s New World College Dictionary:
- any of a number of insects or insect larvae that harm books by feeding on the binding, paste, etc.
- a person who spends much time reading or studying
American Heritage Dictionary:
- One who spends much time reading or studying.
- Any of various insects, especially booklice and silverfish, that infest books and feed on the paste in the bindings.
I am a bookworm. For play, I bury myself in the corners of libraries and read.
– Robert Littell