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why are their arms so long?
no, they are actually technically classified as arms, not tentacles.
except you didn't answer the question...how odd
swing jacket question
actually is just octopuses.
octopuses is correct, not octopi. :D
i shouldn't let these people make me think i'm dumbo!
I'm a mega geek too? :D
You're wrong. What do you get if you divide the circumference of a circle with eight lines sticking out of it by its diameter? OCTOPI!
But SERIOUSLY one of my pet hates is people using octopi for the plural of octopus. It is octopuses!!!! GRRRR!!!!
Plural octopuses, octopi, (rare) octopodes. Soz.
said "octopuses", they wouldn't lie!
stephen fry is god
Well, not regularly, but they have once or twice.
I need examples!!
Whether there's 8 or 9. I don't knoooooow.
you must retract your slanderous statement about QI, right now!
but it is INCORRECT. According to Fowler's Modern English Usage:"the only acceptable plural in English is octopuses".
Octopi mangles the etymology of octopus by placing a Latin suffix on the end of a Greek word. Octopodes is technically correct, but Fowler's says that it is too pedantic to be used.
OED lists words which are used, correct or not. Just because somebody says something doesn't mean that they ought to.
Surely, Tristan? SURELY?
octopuses is more commonly used than octopi. octopi is an ugly word. octopi is technically incorrect. therefore, i'd claim that octopuses was the correct plural.
in the progression of the english language.
a common ground between prescription and description is probably the best way.
i personally don't care, because the language will continue to change whatever happens. octopi will become common usage one day, i'm sure.
If it's not technically correct, we shouldn't use it. Now everyone stop saying "peni".
'penes'? It is isn't it? I'm not even looking this one up before posting it. It's Greek, not Latin.
Same with rhinoceroses (rather than rhinocerii).
And I really hope nobody ever says statii instead of statuses!!!!
'ii' is only an ending on nouns ending in 'ius'. Fnar.
'status', but with a long U.
Tell me why.
Of course. I feel like such a dummy. Carry on.
it ends in "is" not "us", you idiots.
because it's ugly, technically incorrect (and so misguides people learning latin and greek) and has a perfectly acceptable, less irritating and CORRECT alternative :D
but i'm resigned to the fact that it may well happen. alot of change, like this, is never taken well by the safeguarders of the language.
but if it's already being placed into dictionaries then it already is 'correct'. and we only say it's ugly because it hasn't been deemed correct until recently.
it's a shame though, i'll continue to use octopuses.
when they are genuinely new words, rather than products of etymological stupidity that stupid people use (presumably in an effort to sound learned) in place of a word that is correct, more aesthetically pleasing and provides exactly the same function.
the thing that worries me about change in the English language is its current tendency to move towards simplification and stupidity. a huge part of the interest of the language lies in its massive richness and breadth and if things like the distinction between "less" and "fewer" begin to disappear then we begin to lose the nuances and quirks in meaning that make English such a fascinating language to start with.
i agree with you. but i also don't. it's far simpler now than it was 200 years ago, does that mean the language has been depreciating since then? at what point did it begin moving simplicity and stupidity rather than just simplicity?
your argument is an emotional one. there is just no point trying hold onto to what you view as 'correct' english because it will change and there's a big channce you won't like it. just as academics of every generation didn't like it.
did you take english language A level bytheway? literally, just wondering.
English is somehow losing its descriptive potential, and there's something incredibly snobbish about the idea of etymological 'correctness'. It is, likewise, purely used by people to sound learned.
New nuances are being invented constantly.
and I struggle with words with any more than 3 (sadly true :().
if it was a Latin word.
says both can be used. end of fight.
(sorry you were asking for it!)
was i really?
then one day you'll have to touch me. it's the law.
for swift locomotion, and to catch prey?
Octopusfact: two thirds of an octopus' neurons are contained in its arms.
wear a swing jacket though? are they happy or unhappy? i feel a bit of both
the best post I've read so far this week
Don't mention your "octopi" theories with redhead crack g/f, eh. ;)