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January 5, 2011

octopuses vs. octopi :: from merriam-webster

are you an ignorant slob? :: click below to watch the final word on the octopi debate ::


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I am so going to be saying 'octopodes' from now on. (yes, I am British). :o)

Posted by: Mr Kiki at January 5, 2011 4:09 PM

Here's what Google says about the uses of these three words over time in books:
http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=octopus,octopi,octopodes&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3

Posted by: zeptimius at January 5, 2011 5:35 PM

I like octopodes! Thanks Ze!

Posted by: jeano at January 5, 2011 5:40 PM

@Mr Kiki: Its even funnier if you just make up stories so that you get to say "octopodes" in them.

I was swimming in the pool, but then some giant flashing lights came from the sky, and it was some kind of spacecraft, and inside i could see the aliens. And they looked like green octopodes..

Posted by: Ricardo Jorge at January 5, 2011 11:58 PM

how many octopi would the octopuses see if the octopodes could own mirrors?

or something like that...

Posted by: ginger at January 6, 2011 1:53 AM

we speak english, not latin. So whatever it is in latin shouldn't matter.

http://everythingyouknowaboutenglishiswrong.com/blog1/2008/10/18/its-all-greek-to-therestuvus/

Posted by: Ape at January 6, 2011 4:50 AM

She's quite attractive. Uh, what was the topic again?

Posted by: Tony at January 6, 2011 11:13 PM

Merriam Webster lost any remaining credibility when they made Sarah Palin's flub a "word".

Posted by: BS at January 7, 2011 12:02 AM

Just to confuse things even more, "octopodes" is also only the nominative plural.

Posted by: Pseudonym at January 12, 2011 6:48 PM

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