With all the craziness of the holidays, illnesses and injuries in the last few weeks, it was not hard at all to find an example of today’s post to photograph. In my craft room, in the corner with my watercolor paper, I found the perfect example of a cobweb. My husband and I had wondered only a day or two before why a web with a spider is called a spider web, and why an abandoned web is called a cob.
Here are the answers I found on Wiki-answers and Ask.com
Wiki answers: “The Middle English name for a spider web. Origin of the word is coppeweb, coppe pronounced ‘cobbie’ being the Middle English word for spider, which was introduced to England by invaders and originally pronounced ‘kab’ in the Netherlands. Contrary to popular belief, cobwebs only form when dust collects on wayward pieces of silk produced by spiders or other insects.”
Ask.com: “There is no difference between a cobweb and a spiderweb. They are both different words for the same thing. The usage of the word cobweb was more commonly used to refer to a spiderweb that was not in use.