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Rated: E · Book · Educational · #2105953
One hundred facts that are interesting but ultimately useless.
#903309 added January 28, 2017 at 2:18pm
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Octopuses
Octopuses
- linguistics -

The main English dictionary-accepted plural of "octopus" is "octopuses". The common alternative of "octopi" is a hypercorrection based on the assumption that "octopus" is a Latin word, and should therefore follow Latin grammar forms. However, since "octopus" is actually of Greek origin, the technically accurate form would be "octopodes".


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