Pails of giant house eating African snails were recently taken into custody at LAX, where they had been labeled for consumption and shipped in pails. Apparently, the snails are an environmental hazard. You can read the whole story here: Link to article
This whole story is just begging for animation.
What do you call a group of house-eating snails? A swarm of snails? Doesn’t swarm imply speed? That doesn’t work then, does it? A swaaarrrrrmmmmm of snails? A body of snails? A flock of snails?
According to Ask.com, you call a group of snails an escargatoire, rout or walk. I love escargatoire-so artsy, so avante-garde…I might not mind telling people my house got eaten by a escargatoire of snails. Or is that redundant. Would you just say “My house got eaten by an escargatoire?”
If you are making a science fiction movie about house-eating snails, you might want to use “Walk of snails”. Doesn’t that have the sound of a cheesy sci-fi horror flick? If, however, your movie is more art house than documentary – then you definitely want to stick with “escargatoire”. If you are making a documentary on house-eating snails, it might be best to use “rout of snails”, which sounds somewhat technical. Hey, what’s the rout of 16? Answer: 4 Snails. Hahaha. I crack myself up.
Okay kids, be careful out there. Don’t pick up any hitch-hiking snails.