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paul.fr

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I really hate walking in to cobwebs, it makes me all itchy and girly. But are they actually just dusty or old spider webs, or something different?


Seems to be a lot of spider related questions lately.


 

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cobwebs and spider webs, are they the same thing?
« Reply #1 on: 14/10/2007 23:09:24 »
it's close to halloween
 

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« Reply #2 on: 30/10/2007 00:36:50 »
Paul, you should know this! It's Engish.

Cobewb is the Middle English name for a spider web. Origin of the word is coppeweb, coppe pronounced 'cobbie' being the Middle English word for spider, which was introduced to England by Dutch invaders and originally pronounced 'kab' in the Netherlands. Contrary to popular belief, cobwebs only form when dust collects on wayward pieces of silk produced by spiders or insects. Popular myth indicates that dust alone is capable of forming a chain, with each piece connecting to the next piece, finally forming intricate lines in corners and across furniture. This belief is erroneous.

I did cheat - I copied this  - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobweb
 

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cobwebs and spider webs, are they the same thing?
« Reply #3 on: 30/10/2007 18:07:04 »
Paul, you should know this! It's Engish.

Perhaps *that* is why he doesn't know  ;)

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