The captain raised several matters of importance, none more than the various cat species…er.. should’t that be specieses in analogy to viruses? I chose the nick “bobcat” because it contains the familiar word “cat”, which doesn’t portray the wild image of lynx, but lacks no comparable abilities nevertheless. Moreover, it has a simple, undisputed plural, so that I don’t get challenged over my use of Latin. Now, what would the plural of “lynx” be? Lynx or lynxes? And what would the plural of “lynx lynx” then be? Or is it already a plural since there are 2 of them? Trying to keep up with the captain’s remarkable knowledge about cats, I looked up the etymology of “lynx”. Now, I find all this confusing and felt really glad I’m a simple cat. That is until I looked at the etymology of that: Confusing though it still is, all this makes me feel not just European, but international.