Your Pain Is Our Pleasure

Pain in the English offers proofreading services for short-form writing such as press releases, job applications, or marketing copy. 24 hour turnaround. Learn More



Joined: February 20, 2011  (email not validated)
Comments posted: 2
Votes received: 0

No user description provided.

Recent Comments

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).

AtH February 20, 2011, 7:38am

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

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.

AtH February 20, 2011, 7:32am

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse