Lookups spiked 3,800% on October 7, 2020
Entomology met etymology as a fly with unknown political affiliation landed on the head of Vice President Mike Pence during the the Vice Presidential Debate on October 7, 2020. It did not go unnoticed.
The noun fly is defined as "a small insect that has two wings." It's a broad term that encompasses many different insects.
Fly as a verb and a noun is as old as the English language, going back to the Old English first recorded in the Middle Ages. There have always been flies.
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