I ask because I have to figure out the scientific nomenclature for demons.
“Homo” covers people, and “Homo sapiens” (“wise man”) is humans, so I need a “homo whatsis” for demons.
Technically, humans are “homo sapiens sapiens,” so I’m thinking I could go with “homo sapiens internuntia” EXCEPT that that’s a male noun, male adjective, female noun, I think, which I think means, no I couldn’t (my two years of high school Latin from decades ago are just ashes in a corner of my brain now). The “internuntia” means the “mediary between gods and men” or “go-between” (I think). (I’m annoyed at all the “men” stuff in there, but I’m more confused by the Latin grammar so moving on . . .)
Basically I need a Latin term that’s parallel to homo sapiens, preferably beginning with “homo,” that indicates that demons are the intermediaries between gods and humans, working in the background (that is, not seen or recognized as demons) out of the control of human beings, making checks on the human world at regularly scheduled times and also in response to disruptive events.
Technically Devils are demons, but they’re different. Homo sapiens diabolicus? And I suppose so are angels although they’re not intermediaries, they’re more upper management. And not part of this story.
The devil is in the details in this book and so are the demons.
Edited to Add:
Lots of good stuff in the comments, but the big takeaway which I somehow did not think about is that scientists come up with taxonomy, and demons aren’t real as far as most scientists are concerned and definitely not available for stufy, so there wouldn’t be a scientific term.
Although Mort might be trying to think of one. Thank you all very much for playing, you were hugely helpful.