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  • hi Masterfire, snake doctor was a term for a dragonfly circa 1892 page 207

    November 22, 2014

  • masterfire commented on the user masterfire

    Well, I am sorry that I've not done much commenting or tagging, but here is something that might get a conversation going. It concerns dragonflies...or rather another name for them. I grew up in the 50s near Memphis, TN. We lived in the country. Back then and there my young ears heard dragonflies called what sounded like Snake Doctor. This is so ingrained in my brain that I call them that to this day. Yet, I have been wondering about it. I've not heard Snake Doctor any other place or time. I am wondering also if what I really heard was Snake Dotter? Dotter is a word but it is not associated with dragonflies in your references. Yet, country folk would say, "dotter" about something flickering around a pond or the farm yard. Therefore, at age five or six I must have heard "doctor" rather than "dotter." Whatever the case, I heard these words/sounds referring to dragonflies. My little imagination clung to the idea of the little fliers attending to sick snakes. But "dotter" makes more sense in the context of people born in the 19th century or early 20th. Either way "doctor" or "dotter" may be what I often heard. If I have done this right, perhaps I'll get a response from someone. Thanks!

    November 22, 2014

    November 24, 2014

  • See also hellgrammite.

    November 24, 2014