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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 - 2011-01-06
I'm still waiting for someone to tell me how to pronounce "penes."
Old_Zircon - 2011-01-07
I pronounce it "peenies"

Mister Yuck - 2011-01-06
Man, I'm gonna start using Octopodes just to be a douche.
kingarthur - 2011-01-06
My reaction as well.

THA SUGAH RAIN - 2012-04-09
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 - 2011-01-06
This video taught me I was not pronouncing "octopodes" correctly.
Yellow Lantern - 2011-01-06
Were you saying "octopods"? That's what I've been doing.

kingofthenothing - 2011-01-06
probably "octo - podes".

How often would this actually come up in conversation?

dead_cat - 2011-01-06
Definitely. It seems I was using the correct plural, but an English pronunciation.

fluffy - 2011-01-07
Same here. Now I have to wonder how "platypodes" is supposed to be pronounced. "Plah-TIE-poh-dees?"

pastorofmuppets - 2011-01-07
I'm also in that camp, but thankfully I had the good sense to never say octopodes in front of anyone.

NewHeavenSalesman - 2011-01-07
Woke up in a cold sweat last night because I think I've been mispronouncing the antipode tech in chrono trigger for decades

baleen - 2011-01-07
You guys should read Takeourwordforit.
It's got all kinds of this stuff in it.

phalsebob - 2011-01-06
So it is "Nemesises".

Damn.
takewithfood - 2011-01-07
Casanova Frankenstein?

Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2011-01-06
Octopussy.
Blaise - 2011-01-06
It sounds like anything goes with the plural of this word so I'm going to continue using octocunts.
Rape Van Winkle - 2011-01-06
An octopus has 8 arms, not 8 legs. Stupid cunt.
CJH - 2011-01-06
Don't you fucking dare talk to Kory that way

Miss Henson's 6th grade class - 2011-01-06
Be polite to the nice lady, you jackass. Anyway, as far as she's concerned, "pus" is ancient Greek for "foot" (cf: Oedipus).

rawelkij - 2011-01-07
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 - 2013-05-01
Learn some goddamn manners!

duck&cover - 2011-01-06
The next time you go diving with a friend and he corrects your grammar, rip his hose.
Explodotron - 2011-01-06
Take my stars... please.

mahlor - 2011-01-07
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 - 2011-01-07
Since when do we let DICTIONARIES decide our language mechanics?
chumbucket - 2011-01-07
word up yo

fulakarp - 2011-01-07
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 - 2011-01-07
Me too. I blame Dan Akroyd.

Evilhead - 2011-01-07
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 - 2011-01-07
My friends are the kind of people that would throw a fit if they heard someone say octopuses. I need better friends.
Oktay - 2011-01-07
What is the plural of octopodes then?
Caminante Nocturno - 2011-01-07
Octopodes.

Oktay - 2011-01-07
You mean the singular is spelled the same as the plural? Or is the singular octopode? Yes, I'm an ignorant slob.

heyitslozeau - 2011-01-08
I have a crush.
Nyms Lives! - 2011-01-09
Me and my trained group of octopuses will fight you for her!

Bort - 2015-02-25
So what's the plural of "Octopussy"?

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