(2 hours in the past) [-]
“However Mrs. Jones, absolutely you realize that the plural of “octopus” is both ‘octopus’, with nothing added, or ‘octopuses’.”
“I feel not,” stated Mrs. Jones.
“Assume once more, Mrs. Jones.”
She should have realized that she was not on agency floor right here. “Maybe ‘octopuses’ is an alternate plural, however I’m certain that ‘octopi’ is the popular.”
“No, Mrs. Jones. In the event you had regarded it up, you’d have found that ‘octopi’ is just not the popular spelling. It’s not a spelling in any respect. The phrase doesn’t exist, besides within the mouths of those that are pretending to be educated however the truth is aren’t. It is because the ‘us’ ending of ‘octopus’ is just not a Latin nominative singular ending, which might type its plural by altering to the letter ‘i’. As an alternative, the syllable ‘pus’ in ‘octopus’ is the Greek phrase for ‘foot.’ And it varieties its plural the Greek manner. Due to this fact ‘octopoda’, not ‘octopi’. By no means ‘octopi’.”
“Nicely, then, octopoda. Your son’s paper stated octopuses.”
“I do know,” stated Step. “When he requested me the right plural, I instructed him octopoda. However then he was nonetheless unsure, as a result of my son doesn’t assume he is aware of one thing till he is aware of it, and so he regarded it up. And to my shock, octopoda is barely used when referring to a couple of species of octopus, somewhat than when referring to a couple of precise octopus. What Stevie put in his paper is the truth is the popular dictionary utilization. Which you’d have recognized, too, if you happen to had regarded it up.”