Name Game: Podi Puss Plural

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Draconalis:

Ulquiorra4sama:
So where does this leave:

Cactus
Colossus
...and
Genius

I'm not a native english speaker so i'm actually looking for a serious answer to this one.

Colossus is latin... So it would be "Colossi", but I can't seem to work it into a sentence without it sounding weird. Anything "Colossi" describes, just seems better described with "colossal"

"There are many colossi tree"

"There are many colossal trees"

Eh... I suppose it all depends on what you want to pluralize. Grammatically both are correct (I think, but I suck at English, so I might be wrong) but the latter simply SOUNDS right.

I believe you are trying to use a noun as an adjective. Something can be colossal, or you can buy several colossi. Yeup, this is how bored I am.

Ulquiorra4sama:
So where does this leave:

Cactus
Colossus
...and
Genius

I'm not a native english speaker so i'm actually looking for a serious answer to this one.

If you accept them as being English words than add -es as per the normal rules on pluralisation.

Cactuses
Colossuses
...and
Geniuses

and every native English speaker would understand you.

If you consider them as from the point of view of where English first acquired them that would be Latin.

Cacti
Colossi
...and
Genii

and most native English speakers would consider you pretentious.

If you want to consider them from where they may have been first derived then

Cactoi
Colossal

(Genius remains as per Latin)

and most native English speakers would wonder what you were talking about ;-)

Languages evolve! they change! we decided we wanted to use the term octopi to be more consistent with other words like it. you are free to use the term octopuses but it is by no means fair to label it as "the only right form!"

thank you

;)

Ulquiorra4sama:
So where does this leave:

Cactus
Colossus
...and
Genius

I'm not a native english speaker so i'm actually looking for a serious answer to this one.

Cacti
Colossi
and
Geniuses
at least thats how i say them
and the colossus thing, shadow of the colossus kind of colossi? because other way its hard for me to think of how to do plural colossus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus#Etymology_and_pluralization
-looking at sources there, all of the above are technically correct. Octopus exists as a Greek, Scientific Latin, and English word, so... it's all up to individual preference. Also, really, if someone starts a word with "octop-", there aren't a whole lot of other things they could be referring to.

You've all got it wrong. They much prefer to be identified as "Overlords." You'll see....

Florion:
Is it 2nd declension or 3rd declension? If it's 3rd, then you're right and it should be "octopuses". But -i is also the Latin plural ending for the 2nd declension, and given that -us is the usual masculine 2nd declension ending, "octopi" would make more sense.

But even then, Wikipedia says that it's from Greek "octopous" (which would get Latinized as "octopus"), which is "octo+pous" and "pous" has the irregular stem "pod-" which would make "octopodes" the correct plural. It also makes the guess that, if the word were truly Latin, you would have "octopes/octopedes" since "pes" is the Latin word for foot.

Also, anyone trying to claim that history/etymology has anything to do with the prescriptive "correctness" of modern language, go look up the etymology of the word "nice."

(second-year linguistics specialist, bitch :D)
EDIT: bitch not being directed at the author or anyone in particular, just added for effect 'cause I'm proud...

Yup did this research a while ago octopodes it is.

Since octopus comes from the Greek, it should really be Octopodi.

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