One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bug, especially a bedbug.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Hotten (1832–1873), publisher and writer. From the name Norfolk Howard, appearing in an advertisement in the Times of 26 June 1862 claiming to be a declaration by a man named Joshua Bug that he had assumed the name of Norfolk Howard; perhaps a play on bug.
Norfolk Howard/ˌnɔːfək ˈhaʊəd/
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