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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Earwig.
 
A corruption of the Saxon ear-wicga (ear-insect); so called because the hind wings resemble in shape the human ear. The word has engendered the notion that these insects are apt to get into our ears.   1
   An earwig, metaphorically, is one who whispers into our ears all the news and scandal going, in order to curry favour; a flatterer.
       
“Court earwigs banish from your ears.”
       
Political Ballads.
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