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Crazier than a Bessie Bug

Posted by ESC on October 03, 2010 at 02:29

In Reply to: Crazier than a Bessie Bug posted by Janna Haymes Massey on October 02, 2010 at 13:42:

: Being born and raised in the South - all my life I have heard the phrase "Crazier than a Bessie Bug". Yet to my knowledge I have never seen a "Bessie Bug". My father, whose mother was named Bessie, said in his family it was said "Crazier than a BETSY Bug"

Betsy, Betty, Bess and Bessie. Chiefly the South, especially Arkansas and Kentucky. A rather large black beetle of the family Passalidae. Also called horn beetle, patent-leather beetle, pinch bug. “Dictionary of American Regional English,” Volume 1 by Frederic G. Cassidy (1985, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., and London, England). Page 224.