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18th November 2016

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3 months ago #9559214        
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I'd like to correct the obviously popular but mistaken belief of many commenters that the Finnish name of the bug, leppäkerttu/leppäpirkko, has something to do with the tree leppä, alder.

Leppä in this case has nothing to do with alder. Instead both the tree and the beetle have been named for their red colouring (alder is rust red under it's bark). Leppä is simply an old word for blood.

Kerttu is a Finnish form of the German name Gertrud, which was popular all over Europe in the mediaval times since saint Gertrud was a very popular patron saint. Pirkko is likewise a Finnish form of Birgitta, another very popular (at least in nordic countries) medieval saint.

Therefore leppäkerttu means litarally blood Gertrud or bloody Gertrud and leppäpirkko means blood Birgitta or bloody Birgitta.

Funny thing is that neither of the saints died in a bloody way or was martyred at all.

tl;dr
leppäkerttu = bloody Gertrud, leppäpirkko = bloody Birgitta

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3 months ago #9561560        
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I think the Scots are... spot on!

(ba dum tssss)

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3 months ago #9558713        
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In Finnish: Alder Gretel

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3 months ago #9558415        
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In Dutch it's lieveheersbeestje: "Dear Lord's little animal" or alternatively "Lovely ruling creature". It literally rules!



3 months ago #9562085        
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In Peru we talk in spanish so we also are insulting everyone every time we see one (but they're very rare) but in some spanish places it is called St. Antony's little cow


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3 months ago #9559263        
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Welp, at least the Scottish didn't waste any time giving it a name that meant something else, we were practical XD

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3 months ago #9558836        
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In Chile we call them (at least in some parts of Chile) "chinitas", wich literally means "little chinese woman". I have absolutely no idea why, tough (I've never heard a chilean call them "mariquitas")

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3 months ago #9558745        
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Afrikaans: skilpadbesie - Turtle bug :)



Jargien

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3 months ago #9558740        
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The Scots. Being all logical and stuff again...



3 months ago #9561163        
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in Czech it is "Sun with seven dots" :)




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