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Richard

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octopuses or octopi
« on: April 02, 2009, 12:17:58 AM »
I put this one under things all writers should know, is it octopuses or octopi, and why?

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Re: octopuses or octopi
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2009, 07:28:29 PM »
According to common usage, both are 'correct', although purists would argue that neither is, that the correct plural is 'octopodes' because of the word's Greek origins. But language moves on...

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Re: octopuses or octopi
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2009, 07:33:08 PM »
 ;D yes it does. I teach this to classes from time to time to illustrate the idea that "roots" of words to have meaning. While there is no right or wrong answer today in a sense, there are right and wrong answers in language and usage. Thanks Zebedee!

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Re: octopuses or octopi
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2009, 04:42:55 AM »
Uh oh. Then what about the plural for
hippopotamus?

Oh dear.


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Re: octopuses or octopi
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2011, 03:37:25 PM »
Does this mean that the plural of alumnus is alumnuses?

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Re: octopuses or octopi
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2011, 02:13:18 PM »
No wonder English gives so much grief to students.

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Re: octopuses or octopi
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2011, 12:35:10 AM »
Because hippo is from Greek it would not take the i ending. Alumni is Latin so it does take the i ending....