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In the episode "Love's Labours Lost in Space" the Planet Express crew goes to Vergon 6. There they find Nibbler, who was named that by Leela.

Ahhh, I'll call him Nibbler -Leela

So why is the name Leela made up so close to their species' name "Nibblonians" if Leela just made it up on the spot?

Is it just a happy accident or is there more to it?

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Nibbler and the Nibblonians simply allow Leela and other humans to call them by those names for convenience. As Nibbler said in the episode "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid":

That name is for your sake. In the time it would take to pronounce one letter of my true name, a trillion cosmoses would flair into existence and sink into eternal night.

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    You beat me to it, but I also wanted to add that Leela names him Nibbler after he tried to nibble Leela's boot. – onewho Jul 3 '12 at 15:38
  • @onewho It seems if they had waited to name Nibbler until after they'd seen the pairs of animals from Vergon 6 consumed, or heard of the "The feast of a Thousand Beasts" they might have instead been called "Gulper/Gulponian" or "Gobbler/Gobblonian". ;) – Andrew Thompson Jul 4 '12 at 8:56

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