[LMB] Penric reread / October-puses, -pi, -podes

John Lennard john.c.lennard at gmail.com
Wed Jun 26 20:57:24 BST 2019


 On Jun 24, 2019, at 3:45 PM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
>
> Well, if you're treating it as a naturalised English word, then it's
> octopuses.  "Octopi" is false erudition.


Walter: Or a joke.

John: Or a rhyme. Merriam-Webster has an amusing article with some attitude
about the choice of plurals on Gk, Latin, and English models.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/the-many-plurals-of-octopus-octopi-octopuses-octopodes



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