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  1. Cadry

    That’s so interesting about “octopodes.” (Interestingly, even my autocorrect thought it was octopuses and just tried to change that word for me… Foolish autocorrect…)

    I have a similar internal battle around the word bruschetta. It’s an Italian word, and so the ch- should be hard like in zucchini or chianti. However, most Americans pronounce it with a sh- sound. Whenever I order bruschetta, I have an inner battle. Do I say it the correct way and have the server think I don’t know how to pronounce it? Or do I knowingly say it the wrong way?

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    • Amy Vansant

      YES! I have the same problem with bruschetta!! My brother went to Italy and came back saying “brusketta” and we teased him mercilessly. Then I realized he was right, but I feel like an ass saying it!

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  2. Marie Nicole

    I recently made a paper mâché octopus. He’s shaped to sit on top of our coffee maker. We call him “The Ocho”. He looks stupid, but wouldn’t you look stupid if you permanently sat on top of a coffee maker? Have I mentioned it’s an espresso machine? He’s totally jacked up!

    Octopi. Octopuses. Octopodes. I always figured since it was about 8 it’s a permanently plural word. Just like you can’t say hairs (or can you? I’m french, I know nothing of english grammar)… Whatev. I love the octy-dude!

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  3. Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd

    I learned the word “plethora” from the movie The Three Amigos and I’m sure that’s how it became a more frequently used word.

    That glass octopus looks like something that would come alive while your sleeping.

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  4. Michele Drier

    “Octopods”, how great! I’m a sucker for word origins and bad puns…and there must be one in here! Used to go down to a small marine biology lab near where I lived and watch the octpus change colors. They’re tres cool animals.

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  5. Tim Sayles

    Wait… you mean the plural isn’t octopussy?

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  6. Nina Potts

    I like the shower thingy. Question is, how difficult is it to clean if it lives in the shower of an OCD person?

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  7. PinotNinja

    I have a similar conondrum with Moose. Is there a plural for Moose? Mooses sounds ridiculous, Moosi sounds way too close to the Israeli Intelligence Organizaiton to be right, and if you just say Moose (which I think might actually be correct) then its really unclear if you’re referencing just a single little cute Moose or a large number of big menacing animals. I’m from New England, and, trust me, when I start screaming “MOOSE!” in the middle of the woods I want everyone in ear shot to know just what kind of situation I have gotten myself into.

    Also, I love pleathora. I like to whip out that word and myriad when I’m felling particularly sassy.

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    • Amy Vansant

      OOOOHhhhh… Noice! and YES the one that is just the tentacle is my favorite too I think! Thanks!

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