I asked Child whether he felt a bond with me, based on the picture for my debut novel, The Year of the gadfly.
If one goes by the gadfly nature of the Internet cycle these days, the Wells-Fieri fight will likely be brief.
But when I said that gadfly included vicious bullying and teen suicide, he changed tack.
1620s, "fly which bites cattle," probably from gad (n.) "goad, metal rod," here in the sense of "stinger;" but the sense is entangled with gad (v.) and another early meaning of gadfly was "someone who likes to go about, often stopping here and there" (1610s). Sense of "one who irritates another" is from 1640s (equivalent of Latin oestrus).