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cockroach

an insect

TRANSLATION

der Kakerlak, die Kakerlake, die Küchenschabe

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

Hollywood Rules

"According to the "American Humane Guidelines", no animal actor should have to work like a dog. For instance, if an ape is on set for more than three consecutive days the production must provide a play area or a private park where the ape can exercise and relax. When a bear is working on a film, anything that produces smells that might bother the bear - cheap perfume, strong liquor, jelly doughnuts - must be removed from the location. Only cats that like dogs should be cast in cat-and-dog movies. No individual fish can do more than three takes in a day. Also, under no circumstances can a nonhuman cast member be squished (zerquetscht, quetschen).

This rule applies to all nonhuman things, including COCKROACHES. Karen Rosa, the director of American Humane's Film and Television Unit, was discussing this particular guideline one day last summer. 'If you show up on set with twenty-five thousand cockroaches, you better leave with twenty-five thousand cockroaches,' she said. Would she extended the same welcome to cockroaches at home? 'A cockroach in my kitchen is one thing,' Rosa said. 'A cockroach in a movie is an actor. Like any other actor, it deserves to go home at the end of the day.'"

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know?

cockroach

Any of numerous oval, flat-bodied insects of the family Blattidae, including several species that are common household pests.

Word History: The word for cockroach in Spanish is cucaracha, which should certainly set anyone with an eye for etymology to thinking. Users of English did not simply borrow the Spanish word, however. Instead, they made it conform in appearance to other English words: cock, the word for rooster, and roach, the name of a fish. We do not know exactly why these words were chosen other than their resemblance to the two parts of the original Spanish word.

We do know that the first recorded use of the word comes from a 1624 work by the colonist John Smith. The form Smith used, cacarootch, is closer to the Spanish. A form more like our own, cockroche, is first recorded in 1657.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

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