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GeorgeD
571722.  Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:12 pm Reply with quote

Me and my friend have been wondering for a while: just what is the plural word for multiple Platypus's?(if that's correct). Is it just platypus, like sheep, or platypi, like cacti, or something else?

Thanks.

 
Moosh
571749.  Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:27 pm Reply with quote

Isn't it Platypodes?

 
GeorgeD
571758.  Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:31 pm Reply with quote

Is it? How did they go from Platypus to Platyplodes? o.o

 
Ameena
571765.  Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:35 pm Reply with quote

If the name comes from Greek (rather than Latin), the plural of "-pus" is "-pode". This is true of "octupus". You would end it in "-i" if the word originally came from Latin.
I'm not sure about "cactus".

 
Sadurian Mike
571772.  Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:42 pm Reply with quote

The plural is "more than one platypus".


What do you call a cat that has just eaten an entire mallard?

A duck-filled fatty-puss.

 
Ion Zone
571826.  Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:43 pm Reply with quote

Platypi is the plural of platypus (also known as the try-classifying-this-one-Mr-Smartypants).

 
djgordy
571833.  Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:54 pm Reply with quote

It is "platypuses".

 
Ion Zone
571839.  Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:05 pm Reply with quote

Platypi. :}


(Though platypi can also be the singular, I think.)

 
suze
571858.  Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:26 pm Reply with quote

Points to djgordy for giving an entirely valid English language plural of "platypus".

As suggested by Moosh, Ameena, and others "platypodes" is also valid - the word is Greek and that would be the Greek plural. "Platypi" it just isn't.

 
Sadurian Mike
571859.  Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:30 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
"Platypi" it just isn't.

Unless baked in the oven with a pastry crust.

 
bemahan
571861.  Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:34 pm Reply with quote

My 7 yr old is just doing a project on platypodes/platypuses so this is very timely. One of her 2 favourite animals is the octopus so can I just clarify that the plural is definitely 'octipodes' rather than octipi? Her other favourite animal is a star-nosed mole. Gorgeous!

 
Ameena
571863.  Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:35 pm Reply with quote

Yes, it is "octopodes" - it came up on The Show at some point (and I expect someone set off the awoogas for suggesting "octopi") :).

 
suze
571901.  Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:33 pm Reply with quote

Yup. Although in English, I think I'd prefer "octopuses".

 
thedrew
613467.  Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:05 pm Reply with quote

The OED gives octopuses, octopodes, octopi, in that order.

Octopi comes from the incorrect assumption that octopus is a second declension Latin noun. The Latin for octopus would be polypus. I would guess that polypi could be correct.

Platypus is itself plural (like sheep) or can be rendered "platypuses" or "platypodes." Platypi is not accepted.

As a general rule of thumb, one should not use a non-English plural in English unless one knows what one is doing. Please use "platypus" or "platypuses" to avoid being either a linguistic pedant or wrong.

Interestingly, some medical journals in the US pluralize "penis" as "penes." Most lay folk say, "penises." Actually, most folk avoid talking about more than one at a time.

 
Curious Danny
613635.  Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:30 am Reply with quote

A man wanted to order some new animals for his zoo.
He sent a note to his supplier.

    I request 2 platypuses (doesn't look right, in the bin)
    I request 2 platypodes (that isn't it, surely?)
    I request 2 platypus (not clear enough)
    I request 2 platypi (god no!)

I request a platypus
P.S Make it 2.
(Perfect!)

 

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