Insert joke about politicians here. Yes, my friends, here's a handy-dandy high-faultin' insult for the mooch in your life. And for any actual leeches you might come across in the swamp. Insert another joke about politicians here. This one has a straightforward etymology, having been coined from Greek βδέλλα (bdella), meaning leech. For politicians, Greeks used another word.
As the ship gained speed, the wetsuited man clung for dear life to its side with his suction cups like a dark and bdelloid figure, waiting for his chance to attach his limpet mine.