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The 2008 OED lists 'octopuses', 'octopi' and 'octopodes' in that order; with use of the last indicated as "rare".
If you want to use the correct Latin name for the creature, then it's polypus (singular) polypodes (plural).
February 20, 2011, 7:38am
IIRC, 'referendum' is a Latin gerund, so has no plural.
'Referenda' - meaning things to be referred, and necessarily connoting a plurality of issues - is the Latin plural gerundive.
As to octopi, they have six arms and two legs.
February 20, 2011, 7:32am
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