How to say “bed bug” in 30 languages?
I copied them all here, but WordPress couldn’t manage all the characters, so I made a screenshot. From Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary, © 2000-2006 K Dictionaries Ltd. (I added Yiddish).
Bosnian and Croatian: the term is “stijenica” (stee-ye-neet-sa), according to slowpoke.
Dutch: the correct modern term is “bedwants,” according to glitch.
German: the correct term is “Bettwanze” (bat-wuntse), according to Hans.
Hindi and Urdu are “Khatmal,” according to NC.
Thanks, everyone for your additions!
Far from linguistic entertainment, this information may help you while traveling (know what word to use if you find something in your hotel room bed).
May also be useful for making multilingual “danger” signs to post on discarded refuse. A skull-and-crossbones also goes a long way A drawing of a bed bug along with the word “Warning! Bed bugs!” in English and perhaps another language or two that are common in your neighborhood may go a long way. (Thanks to Winston for warning me off the skull-and-crossbones idea. Point taken!)
Added screenshot above since characters did not all display properly.
Please download this PDF of a bed bug multi-lingual warning sign from Italian entomologist and Bedbugger reader EffeCi (Thanks, Franco!)
If you do not see it above (or if the above includes an error), please comment below to tell us how to write “bed bug(s)” in your language. (If you cannot post the characters, you can send me a link to jpeg image or email me one. Many thanks!