"I don't rejoice in insects at all," Alice explained, "because I'm rather afraid of them – at least the large kinds. But I can tell you the names of some of them."
"Of course they answer to their names?" the Gnat remarked carelessly.
"I never knew them to do it."
"What's the use of their having names," the Gnat said, "if they wo'n't answer to them?"
"No use to them," said Alice, "but it's useful to the people that name them, I suppose. If not, why do things have names at all?"
Chapter III: Looking-Glass Insects in Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there by Lewis Carroll