mamcu (mamculuna) wrote in linguaphiles,
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I feel sure that most of you either knew this or don't care, but it interested me, so I'm sharing this on the plural of "octopus":

"The Oxford English Dictionary lists octopuses, octopi and octopodes (in that order); it labels octopodes "rare", and notes that octopi derives from the mistaken assumption that octōpūs is a second declension Latin noun, which it is not. Rather, it is (Latinized) Ancient Greek, from oktṓpous (ὀκτώπους), gender masculine, whose plural is oktṓpodes (ὀκτώποδες). If the word were native to Latin, it would be octōpēs ('eight-foot') and the plural octōpedes, analogous to centipedes and mīllipedes, as the plural form of pēs ('foot') is pedes." from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plural_form_of_words_ending_in_-us
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