About a year later, I wrote another piece for Slate with the headline, “ The cootie Factor.”
Can you instruct someone how to make an origami ‘cootie catcher’ with just words?
A soldier was going over the top when one of his cootie friends bit him on the calf.
There I made my first acquaintance with the now justly famous "cootie."
The worst thing about the cootie is that there is no remedy for him.
Some of the cootie stories have become classical, like this one which was told from the North Sea to the Swiss border.
They found that the underwear was indeed death to the cootie.
Just as he stooped, a shell whizzed over where his head would have been if he had not gone after the cootie.
He wasn't called a cootie aboard ship, but he was the same bird.
The tale is even told of cootie fights during long, rainy winter evenings which must be spent indoors.
"body lice," 1917, British World War I slang, earlier in nautical use, said to be from Malay kutu "dog tick."
A body louse
[WWI Army fr British; origin uncertain; perhaps fr Malay kutu, ''dog tick''; one study suggests London cockney slang as the source]