2023 January 20
Jeremy Tatum writes: On January 14, while writing about the proposed insecticide spraying program for L.dispar, I expressed an opinion something to the effect that the change in its English name to Spongy Moth was “politically correct”, and that I didn’t know who, if anyone, was offended by the old name. I quickly received two letters(and will doubtless receive a few more) pointing out that the G-word is exceedingly offensive to the Romani people, and for good reason (in a similar manner to why the N-word is offensive to Black people). I need hardly say, I hope, that no offence was intended, and I apologize for the comments (which I have now erased) that I made. I am much indebted to Leah Ramsay for the following link, which gives some background.