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  • pbffpbff Posts: 433

    One of my favourite poems that I memorised as a child:

    At sunset, when the night-dews fall,

    Out of the ivy on the wall

    With horns outstretched and pointed tail

    Comes the grey and noiseless snail.

    On ivy stems she clambers down,

    Carrying her house of brown.

    Safe in the dark, no greedy eye

    Can her tender body spy,

    While she herself, a hungry thief,

    Searches out the freshest leaf.

    She travels on as best she can 

    Like a toppling caravan.

    (The Snail by James Reeves)

    One can assume that James Reeves liked snails, as he refers to them in a number of his poems. image

    I wonder what he might have thought about a Snail Lover's Society?image

  • pbffpbff Posts: 433


    A walk of snails

    I hear that there are a variety of different collective nouns for groups of snails - has anyone heard of any others?

  • pbffpbff Posts: 433

    Sounds like a good idea Philippa!

    So here we are, the first Snail Lover's Society Competition launches today:

    Who knows, or can invent, the best collective noun for snails?

    After we've had a number of entries, we'll vote for the favourite.

    What should the prize be, I wonder? image

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531

    A slither of snails by day, and on dark wet nights, a crunch.

  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 24,034

     almost a haiku ,Josimage

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,195


    A SQUEEZE?image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,703

    A casserole of snails? image

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,555

    A squidge of snails.

    Sorry, don't like them in my treasures or in garlic butter but I don't go round poisoning them cos I don't want to harm their natural predators.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    The snail, it slithers, hither and thither


    It meets up with others to huddle together

    They cuddle and mate, we see what they ate

    but no need for mass slaughter with bait.

    SW Scotland
  • pbffpbff Posts: 433

    Good morning fellow Snail Lovers,

    Haven't been on the Forum for a couple of days due to the snow and ice preventing travel into town (shall post some photos on the Weather thread later) - I don't think many snails would have been about this week!

    Thanks for all your entries so far - not exactly sure that some of them fit with the Membership Code of Conduct mind, especially words such as 'crunch' and 'casserole'...image

    PF, absolutely love your snail photo - a squeeze would certainly be a very apt collective noun for this little group!

    Joyce - I think your poem is totally brilliant and does an excellent job of representing what our Society stands for. image

    Any more ideas for collective nouns for snails at all? image

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