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Where did the term 'bookworm' come from?

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A paper eating bug. Book makers spray a chemical on the books to kill the bugs. That is why when you go into libraries or book stores they have a scent. Some book workers will wear gloves; so after prolonged handling of the books, the poison won't absorb into the skin.

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Is that why I would get sick(and still do) every time I went to the library or book store?
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Actually, specifically, I ALWAYS need to use the bathroom. ALWAYS. And, strangely reading is my main hobby. I order from Amazon a lot though.
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I could be, or the paper dust, or you just drank too much coffee before entering.
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An actual worm that lives and feeds on books. It eats a hole through the pages as it works its way through a book.

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There are really such things as worms that feed on books. It was a real problem--I think it still is in some parts of the world.

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*Educated Guess:

Consider the Caterpillar. It is a voracious consumer of it's favorite plants! In this form it occupies 100% of the worms time/concern/activity!

I submit to you:
Is it then probable that the term was derived from the similarity between a Caterpillars appetite for Leaves and an Avid Readers appetite for Books?

Good luck, I have research similar questions and IT CAN BE DIFFICULT to come across any definitive proof due to the verbal nature of well...words and the expanse of time since the term was first used. Understand?

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A person who constantly reads books will obviously damage them. This is truer when you consider the fact that ancient books were basically thin wood bark. A modern book uses bleached paper and thus is not as tasty as the real thing. Who would want to eat bleached anything?

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bookworm (n.)
1590s (of people), 1855 of insects or maggots; there is no single species known by this name, which is applied to the anolium beetle, silverfishes, and book lice

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=bookworm&allowed_in_frame=0

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Obviously it comes from a book and a worm bookworm

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There are worms that eat books called bookworms. So bookworms are people who devour books.

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that true
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Someone who spend more time of reading and enjoy learning. That's what defines it and where they get the name of that game.

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Someone who loves reading... I'm pretty sure it's just like how some people like to eat... just like bookworm like to eat books we like to read

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from digging into books

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