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Is blackbeetle as common as cockroach?

English translation: No

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09:41 Sep 1, 2008
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / usage question
English term or phrase: Is blackbeetle as common as cockroach?
Hi, would you say that the word "blackbeetle" is as commonly used as "cockroach?" Is there an American vs British English usage preference in this case?
veratek
Brazil
Local time: 02:46
English translation:No
Explanation:
Neither in the linguistic sense or the biological sense, as 'blackbeetle' is apparently a *type* of cockroach (an Asian variant that has now spread all over the world). It is probably a literal translation of the Chinese name.

sample ref:

blackbeetle - definition of blackbeetle by the Free Online ...
Noun, 1. blackbeetle blackbeetle - dark brown cockroach originally from orient now nearly cosmopolitan in distribution. Asiatic cockroach, Blatta orientalis ...
www.thefreedictionary.com/blackbeetle

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Note added at 41 mins (2008-09-01 10:23:21 GMT)
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In response to your revised question, IMO whether or not someone would understand this meaning is not a question of college education but instead of exposure the use of the term. It is thus (much) more likely to be understood in cities with significant ethnic Asian communities, major port cities (which are probably the main points of entry and thus have the largest populations of blackbeetle), large urban areas, etc.

That being said, as my college education took place well in the past, before anyone in North America ever heard of blackbeetles, I can't provide a well-founded answer to your question.

In case of doubt, I suggest an explanatory paraphrase such as 'blackbeetle (Asiatic cockroach)'.
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Ken Cox
Local time: 07:46
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9 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +6
is blackbeetle as common as cockroach?
No


Explanation:
Neither in the linguistic sense or the biological sense, as 'blackbeetle' is apparently a *type* of cockroach (an Asian variant that has now spread all over the world). It is probably a literal translation of the Chinese name.

sample ref:

blackbeetle - definition of blackbeetle by the Free Online ...
Noun, 1. blackbeetle blackbeetle - dark brown cockroach originally from orient now nearly cosmopolitan in distribution. Asiatic cockroach, Blatta orientalis ...
www.thefreedictionary.com/blackbeetle

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Note added at 41 mins (2008-09-01 10:23:21 GMT)
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In response to your revised question, IMO whether or not someone would understand this meaning is not a question of college education but instead of exposure the use of the term. It is thus (much) more likely to be understood in cities with significant ethnic Asian communities, major port cities (which are probably the main points of entry and thus have the largest populations of blackbeetle), large urban areas, etc.

That being said, as my college education took place well in the past, before anyone in North America ever heard of blackbeetles, I can't provide a well-founded answer to your question.

In case of doubt, I suggest an explanatory paraphrase such as 'blackbeetle (Asiatic cockroach)'.

Ken Cox
Local time: 07:46
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 88
Grading comment
thank you all for the feedback

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Egil Presttun
7 mins

agree  Gary D: cockroaches are in many forms, there is even an Australian native cockroach, which is different to the European one. and then there is the white cockroach.
34 mins

agree  Siegfried Armbruster
52 mins

agree  Phong Le
1 hr

agree  Demi Ebrite: I would say no regarding a general knowledge, or perhaps a desire to clarify specifically. The word 'cockroach' is used for every variety found in US homes or businesses. Specifying the 'blackbeetle; is not something I have ever heard or read mention of.
2 hrs
  -> That's what I suspected, but I've been outside NA for 17 years now, and this isn't a question that is easy to research with google.

agree  Will Matter: Never heard the term 'blackbeetle' used in the US but agree that it is a type of cockroach.
6 hrs
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