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Desc:An assistant editor at Merriam-Webster lays down some truth-talk.
Category:Educational, Pets & Animals
Tags:Octopus, octopi, octopodes, octopuses, plural
Submitted:Xiphias
Date:01/06/11
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Comment count is 37
Vicious
I'm still waiting for someone to tell me how to pronounce "penes."
Old_Zircon
I pronounce it "peenies"

Mister Yuck
Man, I'm gonna start using Octopodes just to be a douche.
kingarthur
My reaction as well.

THA SUGAH RAIN
I can academically appreciate and understand all of this, but if I start throwing around "octopodes" I'll have to explain myself, and since I'm not that autistic guy from Numb3rs, I don't relish in explaining myself after every fucking sentence.

Xiphias
This video taught me I was not pronouncing "octopodes" correctly.
Yellow Lantern
Were you saying "octopods"? That's what I've been doing.

kingofthenothing
probably "octo - podes".

How often would this actually come up in conversation?

dead_cat
Definitely. It seems I was using the correct plural, but an English pronunciation.

fluffy
Same here. Now I have to wonder how "platypodes" is supposed to be pronounced. "Plah-TIE-poh-dees?"

pastorofmuppets
I'm also in that camp, but thankfully I had the good sense to never say octopodes in front of anyone.

NewHeavenSalesman
Woke up in a cold sweat last night because I think I've been mispronouncing the antipode tech in chrono trigger for decades

baleen
You guys should read Takeourwordforit.
It's got all kinds of this stuff in it.

phalsebob
So it is "Nemesises".

Damn.
takewithfood
Casanova Frankenstein?

Scrotum H. Vainglorious
Octopussy.
Blaise
It sounds like anything goes with the plural of this word so I'm going to continue using octocunts.
Rape Van Winkle
An octopus has 8 arms, not 8 legs. Stupid cunt.
CJH
Don't you fucking dare talk to Kory that way

Miss Henson's 6th grade class
Be polite to the nice lady, you jackass. Anyway, as far as she's concerned, "pus" is ancient Greek for "foot" (cf: Oedipus).

rawelkij
Greeks for some reason could not pronounce an "s" sound after a "d," so "d" + "s" becomes becomes just "s," though the stem is "pod."

Suedeo
Learn some goddamn manners!

duck&cover
The next time you go diving with a friend and he corrects your grammar, rip his hose.
Explodotron
Take my stars... please.

mahlor
She needs all that smart banged right out of her so she can think more about purses and shoes and less about the declension of marine life nomenclature.
cognitivedissonance
Since when do we let DICTIONARIES decide our language mechanics?
chumbucket
word up yo

fulakarp
Every time she said "ignorant slob" I *know* she said "ignorant slob" but I kept hearing "ignorant slut" and that made this video magnificent.
Robin Kestrel
Me too. I blame Dan Akroyd.

Evilhead
If I ever try to tell someone this they never believe me. Now I have a link to rub it in with. (I'm an English teacher by the way, so there are a few cases were this actually comes up in class/conversation, but I'm still probably a douche.)
Hooker
My friends are the kind of people that would throw a fit if they heard someone say octopuses. I need better friends.
Oktay
What is the plural of octopodes then?

Oktay
You mean the singular is spelled the same as the plural? Or is the singular octopode? Yes, I'm an ignorant slob.

heyitslozeau
I have a crush.
Nyms Lives!
Me and my trained group of octopuses will fight you for her!

Bort
So what's the plural of "Octopussy"?

And what's the plural of "Quantum of Solace"?
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