The first book of Moses cites as one of the distinctive marks of man:
to give animals names.
Now it is characteristic of the ordinary man,
the man of the people, to have that gift.
If the ordinary man sees a bird for some years,
which is not normally seen, he immediately gives it a name,
and a characteristic name.
But take ten learned men and how incapable they are of finding a name.
What a satire on them when one reads scientific works
and sees the names which come from the people,
and then the silly miserable names
when once in a while a learned man has to think of a name.
Usually they can think of nothing better than calling the animal or the plant
after their own name.

Søren Kierkegaard

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