In the classification of complex simple Lie algebras/groups, I have always been vaguely puzzled why $B_n$ and $C_n$ are labeled the way they are. I always instinctively want to put the special orthogonal groups together, and so I am tempted to use the letter $B$ for what is standardly called $C$, and vice versa. Looking at the Dynkin diagrams of affine Weyl groups reinforces this instinct of mine, because the vertex of degree 3 makes $\tilde D_n$ look more like $\tilde B_n$ than $\tilde C_n$, at least in my eyes.
Is there some intuitive reason for the standard notation? Or is just a historical accident with no particular rhyme or reason behind it?