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Did anybody else find it puzzling that they used the improper plural word Octopusses, rather than the correct Octopi?
So much for this being a scientificly informative program.

-Not to mention it is disapointingly, FAR less informatine than it's predecessor, "Planet Earth."
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Actually, octopuses is an acceptable plural for octopus, you just don't hear it that often.

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+1

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Octopi is actually incorrect.

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-3 for immaturity

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+2 LOL. :-)




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Both are accepted, though I think octopi is more common.

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Not only is "octopuses" an accepted plural form, it is the most correct (and certainly the scientifically accepted) plural form of the word "octopus" in English. While "octopi" is listed in some dictionaries as an accepted plural form, it has only gained acknowledgment due to a common misconception about the origin of the word "octopus." The technically incorrect "octopi" is derived from the assumption that "octopus" is a second declension Latin noun (words in this group ending in the affix "-us"are pluralized by changing the "us" to "i"). "Octopus" actually comes from the Greek "oktopous" with the plural form "oktopodes." If the word had been native to Latin, it would have been "octopes" and the plural would have been "octopedes." True to its Greek derivation, "octopodes" is also an accepted plural form of "octopus" in English - however, the most common and scientifically accepted plural form of the noun in our language is the Anglicized "octopuses."

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Wow. That was fascinating. Thanks!

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Neat explanation, thank you. :)

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Genuinely informative and useful answer. Thanks Joel d b.

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Joel_d_b, you sir are the winner of this thread. Good show!
I always thought it was Octopi, but that's only because that's what I had been told when I was younger and questioned it. Doesn't make it right. Octopuses is indeed the correct nomenclature.

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'Octopods' is the correct term.

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No, it isn't. Octopods or octopoda are taken from the taxonomic order and are not used in anything but scientific circles. Octopi is always misconceived and is always wrong. Octopuses is the correct term for more than one octopus.

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Actually, the newest correct term I have found is 'Octopodes'.

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Actually you're all incorrect.

It's 'octopods'.

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