[LMB] Fwd: Re: Penric reread

Parish, James 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>
> 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.

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 
aesthetic one.

Jim Parish



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