My husband told me last night the meaning of the name C3. He surprised himself not having already told me about this a long time ago. Of course, the notion of a third C comes to the mind, the first and second ones being C and C++. That’s all right and my husband think that it’s a worthy successor, one that keeps the spirit of its predecessors, at least more than other pretenders like C# and D.
You can call it “C three” if you want, but in fact the real pronunciation is “C cubed”. This notion of volume expresses the orthogonality of the language, the fact that all paradigms can be used in conjunction with the others. In fact Cn would have suited the language better, but still, the notion of volume says something very important: what is drawn inside simple axis is bigger than the sum of its basic elements.
For some times he thought about changing the language name, maybe break out with the C legacy. But when you called something by a name for that many year, it’s hard to get rid of it. I put an ultimatum on this when I bought my domain name. There is no intention to change it now.