What's in a Name?
Caracolus caracolla. The very name sounds musical, symmetrical, intriguing. The Latin words themselves bring to mind a time of past grandeur, of historical significance. Even the name we use when we mention ourselves a second or third time—C. caracolla—has a pleasant lilting sound. How did we get this name? If anyone knows, please tack the information onto the bulletin board. The curious among us will be eternally grateful.
Caracolus caracolla. The very name sounds nerdy, repetitive, too scientific. Why can’t we snails have a common name? Is it because we are so rarely noticed by humans? Is it because we are not cute and cuddly like the frogs? Is that why humans have not given us a common name? Is that why we have only an eight-syllable scientific name? I have a suggestion for a common name. How about "the whirligig snail," or "whirly snail" for short? That is the name for those spinning toys children buy at fairs. Let me know what you think. Post your ideas on the bulletin board.