Growing excitement about a possible new meteor shower on May 23-24 has everyone talking about a new name: the May Camelopardalids. This begs the question, "What's a Camelopardalid?"
The word originates from Latin: kamēlos (or camel) and pardalis (or leopard). The result is a camel-leopard creature with a long neck and lots of spots -- which we affectionately know as the giraffe. Camelopardalis, a large and dim constellation in the northern sky, is named for its many faint stars that resemble the spots of a giraffe.[image-36]
So how dow you say this jawbreaker of a word? Here are some possibilities we've heard: