Posted by Gary on October 26, 2002
In Reply to: Cricket vs. cricket? posted by Word Camel on October 26, 2002
: I have often wondered about the connection between "cricket", the game and "cricket", the insect. I have read several definitions that say they are both from the Old French "criquet", but then they give different meanings for "criquet" - one is to chirp imitatively and the other is a wooden stick.
: Is there a connection? I'm also wondering - just in passing - if there are crickets (the insects) in Britain. I never heard any in all my time there. (Though I did once give a friend a mechanical one).
There were crickets around in England when I was a lad. In fact we used to keep them in little cages near the hearth. I don't know why, it's something many people did. I've not heard one for years now though.