Wiki: Escargot IPA: [ɛs.kaʁ.ɡɔ] is the French word for snail. It is related to Occitan escaragol and Catalan cargol, which in turn may derive from a pre-Roman word karakauseli.  

According to Siganus Sutor, in Mauritius snails are called courtpas in Creole, literally “do-not-run”. In Norway, both slugs and snails are called snailer.  Not all snails can be eaten, the eating kind is usually Helix pomatia although, as Sig said, mostly you’re just tasting garlic butter.  You’d be better off with bread and garlic butter.  Here it is:


There are lots of escargots in our garden in the summer.  I mean escargots: not just any old snails, but the ones that get eaten by Frenchpersons.  Some years ago, a local man saw a business opportunity and started an escargot hatchery.  He was going to supply the French restaurants in Oslo and turn Norway into the escargot-eating capital of Scandinavia, but his plan wasn’t properly thought through, and after a couple of years he went belly up.  At that point, apparently, he dumped his — whatever — flock of snails out on the ground and let them run away.  In subsequent years they bred very successfully, and now they are all over the place.  They are wonderful, I love them.  It is a complete lie that they eat up your garden, they don’t significantly touch it.