Happy Groundhog Day, or, What’s the Difference Between a Groundhog and a Woodchuck?

2 Feb

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? We’ll never know because the Marmota monax’s common name (woodchuck) is not representative of this mammal’s habits or habitat, but reflects the early English pronunciation of the Cree word for this creature—wuchak. Later, this rodent acquired a common English name that suggests its burrowing habits—the groundhog.

The full name of the most famous groundhog of all is the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinaire, otherwise known as—Punxsutawney Phil.

For the rest of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources post, see here: What’s the Difference Between a Groundhog and a Woodchuck?.

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One Response to “Happy Groundhog Day, or, What’s the Difference Between a Groundhog and a Woodchuck?”

  1. Jnana Hodson February 2, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    Glad you weighed in. One of the publishers I worked for insisted they’re not the same. You ever try arguing in a situation like that?
    Meanwhile, we’re definitely in for six more weeks of winter here. Likely more.

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