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Awitt
1195792.  Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:30 am Reply with quote

I believe that is the correct plural, not octopi.

This fascinating underwater creature has been proven to be quite intelligent, as shown by the recent example of one escaping from an aquarium.

During the soccer world cup in around 2010, there was an octopus named Paul who was given a choice of two containers of food, each with two opposing teams and the one he chose, often won the game.

 
AlmondFacialBar
1195803.  Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:45 am Reply with quote

Octopuses or octopodes, because it's Greek. Indeed not octopi. Paul the octopus was a resident of Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in Germany and the PR agency behind his oracle career won the International German PR Award of 2011 for it.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Tyngewick
1295620.  Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:46 am Reply with quote

AlmondFacialBar wrote:
Octopuses or octopodes, because it's Greek. Indeed not octopi. Paul the octopus was a resident of Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in Germany and the PR agency behind his oracle career won the International German PR Award of 2011 for it.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar


According to OED, 'octopus' came to English through mediaeval Latin, in which case the plural was probably 'octopi'. The classical Latin for 'octopus' was 'polypus' pl. 'polypi'. The assertion that it came to English from Greek is probably a mistake by some nineteenth century grammarian.

My own preference for a plural is 'octopuses' but 'octopi' is not wrong whereas 'octopodes' is both pedantic and wrong.

 

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