Lady Bird Johnson

Otter Perry ottertee at
Fri Mar 21 11:09:43 EST 2003

Paul Andinach wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Mar 2003, Ian W. Riddell wrote:
> > Otter:
> > > (Which reminds me - I've always wondered why LBJ's wife wasn't
> > > known as Ladybug Johnson - any ideas?)
> -snip-
> > Ladybugs are also referred to as Lady Birds (especially in the UK,
> > yes?).
> Yes, but not so much in the US, which I think was the point of Otter's
> question: why was she nicknamed Lady Bird instead of Ladybug?
> I can think of two possibilities offhand, of which I favour the
> thought that "Lady Bird" is just a nicer name (and has the advantage
> that if one is not aware that it's the name of a bug, it's not
> immediately obvious).

False attribution, false attribution!  I'm not the one who asked the
question, not that it matters a great deal.
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