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.
I wonder what he might have thought about a Snail Lover's Society?
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?
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?
A slither of snails by day, and on dark wet nights, a crunch.
almost a haiku ,Jos
A casserole of snails?
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.
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.
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'...
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.
Any more ideas for collective nouns for snails at all?