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the debate goes on... by BrianKesinger the debate goes on... by BrianKesinger
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anla-tret Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and i point you all to a dictionary
springheel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
moonbaydesigns Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
I believe that since the name-word origin is Greek not Latin that the proper term is Octcephiles
thunderchld Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
I use "octopods"
marqued-skin Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
flavia0028 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The same problem I have with platypuses or platypi! (Or like they say on Phineas and Ferb, "platypeople!")
StrangerFromWithin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OCTOPODES! it comes from Ancient Greek ;) octopi is a latin plural (Classical studies finaly worth something T.T)
231baba Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013   General Artist
Many assume that the plural for octopus is octopuses that is incorrect. The correct one is octopodes. This is because octopus is greek and the plural therefore is octopodes. Although, to my understanding, either version can be used along with octopi. C:
WesleyRiot Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
wvni Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It doesn't really matter which it is, like an argument one of my teachers classes have been having for two years about whether it's osprey (Os-pre) or osprey (Os-pray). Might take up that osprey osprey argument though...
mranimator14 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i like to say octopi, but maybe its like moose, you dont say mooses or meese, maybe its just octopus
edelea Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student
its like cactuses and cacti...english is so confusing :D
Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013   General Artist
I try to say Octopi...occasionally I forget and say octopuses. :shrug: As long as we know what animal we're talking about, it shouldn't matter too much :D
golem1 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Quoting from Wikipedia [link]

Some authorities consider "octopi" an objectionable[43] hypercorrection, feeling the form arose from the incorrect assumption that "octopus" is a Latin second-declension form. However, "octopus" is a scientific Latin third-declension noun with a plural of octopodes. Nevertheless, the Oxford English Dictionary (2008 Draft Revision)[44] lists "octopuses", "octopi", and "octopodes" (in that order), labelling "octopodes" 'rare' and noting that "octopi" derives from the misapprehension that octōpus is a second-declension Latin noun. The book further maintains that if the word were native to Latin, it would be third declension octōpēs (plural: octōpedes) after the pattern of pēs ("foot", plural pedēs).[45] The original Latin word for octopus and other similar species is polypus, from Greek polýpous (πολύπους, "many-footed"); again, usually the inappropriate plural polypī is used instead of polypodēs.

Fowler's Modern English Usage states, 'the only acceptable plural in English is "octopuses"', that "octopi" is 'misconceived', and "octopodes" 'pedantic'. Chambers 21st Century Dictionary[46] and the Compact Oxford Dictionary[47] list only "octopuses", although the latter notes that "octopodes" is 'still occasionally used'. The descriptivist Merriam-Webster 11th Collegiate Dictionary lists "octopuses" and "octopi" in that order; likewise, Webster's New World College Dictionary lists in order "octopuses", "octopi", and "octopodes".
SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist
I say octopi but sometimes I forget and say octopuses.
But apparently both are correct? xD
zombryn Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Apparently octopuses, octopi and octopodes are all correct :)
AntiqueFyreStables Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Octapodi, I believe this is the official term for a multiple of Octopus.
ztlawton Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I go with octopodes.
Makodash Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
octopuses its the way ive always said it and it would be tough for me to break the habit of saying it
taintedxacid Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Aidan-Rosario Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are both correct... along with Octopodes (I like Octopi better though)
SnowyBlack Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think that octopi is more correct, but octopuses sounds adorable!!! so i'd have to go with octopuses
SnowyBlack Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
as long as you don't think of it in the wrong way...... so don't.
ZaraWhoa Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
Octopi! Haha. It sounds cute. Kind of like Okapi.
FloraRedwood Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
it depends whether you're taking the greek or latin base of the word I think.
vajrasana Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Octupuses is the winner.
vajrasana Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AvPav Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You, Sir or Ma'am, are the winner.
Spromultis Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Octopodes > octopi > octopuses
TheSilentChloey Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Both :lol::XD:
PMorwood1956 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
This from the Complete Oxford English Dictionary (we've got the compact one that needs a magnifying-glass):

OCTOPUS. Greek (όκτώπους), pl. "octopodes", anglicized "octopuses". It cites the "ses" usage to H.M. Leathes, who mentioned in Rough Notes Na. Hist. 1884 that "...enormous octopuses existed on the west side of Panama, in the Pacific Ocean."

So it's pods, podes or puses, but not pi. This is pi: Π. Or something with apples in it.
Masqueraderrr Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's octopods as odd as it sounds u 3 u
Billie-Bonce Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Octopee or octopussies? No idea...
Kaleoscope Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Purple-Ghost Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Well anywhich way can be used, 'octopods' (and option you didn't even mention) is actually the correct term for a non-singular non-specific set of multiple when it comes to an octopus. In some cased you can also use the singluar as the plural 'octopus'.

This is one of those lovely words which actually has multiple different ways of being used correctly. (But to my understanding in so much as language rules go, apparently octopods is the most underused correct form of an animal plural to date. XD )
skwurlilala Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For me its octopi, I use platypi for the plural of platypus too, it just sounds better to me. Plus octopuses and platypuses sound dirty and I dont like to think of animals in that way. :iconsweatdropplz:
Nojh Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Grammar dictates octopuses. So I tend to go with that. That being said English has basically accepted both as correct thanks to the popularity of octopi. I find myself using octopi when I'm not thinking about it. Maybe I'll change to Octopodes.
Willdabeast-0305 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I usually say "octopi", but I will take a public census and then make one term or the other official, once I rise up my cephalopod army and take over the world.
kozispoon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I think it should be octopi. Rolls off the tongue better than octopuses. :P
TagFox Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Octopodes (pronounced Octop-o-dees) is technically correct because Octopus is Greek and Octopodes would be the correct plural form from Greek, whereas octopuses is English, and Octopi is Latin (if I'm remembering correctly).
But, because we, the people who speak the English language, are extremely lazy, we just say that all forms are correct and say whatever the heck we feel like, because we can. ^___^
Dandykeen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Octopi is not actually a word.
It's octopuses or octopodes.
thatnerdyowl56 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

But none of my friends think the same way ffffff
DapperDoom Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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JDoodleFevar Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Octopi" Is much more fun to say. ^~^
OlgyRodz13 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
I like "octopi", sounds classier.
Pinata-Colada Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I say Octopi because I had Latin at School and a Latin-based -us word usually ends with -i in plural. But I don't mind if someone says "octopuses".
deviAntAllan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Except it’s not a Latin-based word!

deviAntAllan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
“Octopuses” is a perfectly fine English-language plural form.

“Octopi” is technically wrong, but a mistake so commonly committed that it’s now idiomatic.

“Octopodes” is technically correct, and a much more appealing word for the geeks among us, but it’s not likely to be understood by muggles. Btw, it rhymes with “antipodes”.


PS. <3 Otto!
silvertales Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
... *hmm* Suppose, technically, it should be octopoi (since the plural in Greek [for -us] is "-oi" not "-i",) but, in reality, whatever makes you happy to say.... octopusses is fun to say, even if horribly incorrect, gramatically-speaking...
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