[LMB] Fwd: Re: Penric reread

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Mon Jun 24 20:45:18 BST 2019


On Fri, 21 Jun 2019 00:45:14 +0000, "Parish, James" <jparish at siue.edu>
wrote:

>
>On 6/20/2019 7:42 PM, Marc Wilson wrote:
>> Octopodes (it's Greek, not Latin) or octopuses.
>
>No, sir, it is English, and its plural is whatever speakers of English
>choose it to be.

Well, if you're treating it as a naturalised English word, then it's
octopuses.  "Octopi" is false erudition.
--
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and
tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity wil
have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its
theories will hold water.  - John Gardner, "Excellence"


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