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Discuss: Science Questions and Answers
« on: 19/04/2009 18:14:54 »
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Octopodes is the correct plural of octopus
« Reply #1 on: 30/04/2009 19:05:29 »
Ken asked the Naked Scientists:
   
There are three acceptable English plural forms for octopus: octopuses, octopi, and octopodes. My Greek wife, like Dr. Smith's Greek scholar, suggest that octopodes is closest to the Greek plural form.

My mother-in-law makes the best octopus. If you're in West Hartford, look her up; her name is Cathy.

What do you think?
 

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Octopodes is the correct plural of octopus
« Reply #2 on: 01/05/2009 06:58:02 »
Since when did it become legal for three words to have the same meaning? ;)
 

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Octopodes is the correct plural of octopus
« Reply #3 on: 01/05/2009 16:16:21 »
Is that legal, lawful, or permitted?
 

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Octopodes is the correct plural of octopus
« Reply #4 on: 02/05/2009 01:43:10 »
Yeah, but they are not exactly the same, they might be in certain contexts but other times they can be quite different. Whereas octopuses, octopi, and octopodes all means 'more than one octopus'
 

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Octopodes is the correct plural of octopus
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