Saturday, May 14, 2016

Octopuses or Octopi

     Now here's a topic that could generate a few discussions. some discussions may even be a bit heated. And then other people may say, "Who cares?" .  Now the other day I heard a discussion of the plural on a radio show.

     Is the plural of octopus, octopi or octopuses? We see it written both ways and are not sure what is actually correct. It's one of those plurals that I fumble with and take the simplest one octopi.

     Well apparently both are correct according to your dictionary, but one is more correct than the other. Since octopus is of Greek origin the plural should be es. The pi ending is a Latin form and I can't find why it's used.

    So for a word that's not that common it creates an issue over it's plural.

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