Octopuses, octopi…octopodes?🐙

Pluralizing a word in English can be…tricky. Geese, not gooses, moose but not meese, and sheep, not sheeps. And that’s just the barnyard. If we move to the ocean, we come across an animal that can be especially tricky to pluralize: octopus. Considering words with similar endings take an “i” pluralization — cacti, alumni, nuclei — it would make sense that octopus would become octopi. But the word is of Greek origin, so if octopuses (the accepted plural form in English) isn’t doing it for you, you can get fancy with octopodes.

A screenshot of a message from Stylebot on Slack that reads: "You can use "octopuses" as the plural of "octopus": "They saw two octopuses at the aquarium." The word is of Greek origin, so if you want to get fancy, the plural is "octopodes." But "octopuses" is in wide use in English and is perfectly acceptable."

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