[LMB] Fwd: Re: Penric reread
jparish at siue.edu
Mon Jun 24 20:50:03 BST 2019
On 6/24/2019 2:45 PM, Marc Wilson wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Jun 2019 00:45:14 +0000, "Parish, James" <jparish at siue.edu>
>> 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.
Nothing says the plural of a naturalized word has to be the default plural.
Whatever the origin of "octopi", it is the form that a large fraction of
speakers of English choose to use; your objection is, at best, an
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