Plural of Octopus: Octopi or Octopuses?

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I first heard about the video below [jump to video] from my cousin Edward and his wife Heather. I thought it was one of the funniest things I had heard that month. Then again, it could have had a lot to do with Edward’s delivery.

This all came about from something Heather showed me on Skype:

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It went a little something like this:

Amy Tucker: Will you make it a speach bubble? Everything else I like. It’s just so stark. Does that make sense?

Heather Solos: Everyone knows octopi don’t talk so I’m happy with it being a sign.

Amy Tucker: The octopuses in my dreams talk. I’m going to take a poll on my site. I’m stealing your graphic.

The two different plural forms of “octopus” is why I’m writing this post.

I’m all about educating the children. They are our future.


  1. thepsychobabble says:

    I’m totally going to use octopodes now. Just because it sounds so much more amusing.

  2. brandluci says:

    I Australian. As a direct result, if you see any octopus, you say ‘watch out’ because the most common one, will kill you. If you see more than one, you usualy say ‘ oh shit how do i get out now?’ or ‘ahhhh’. pluralising doesn’t come up that often.

  3. Beatboxtaun says:

    @TheAmyTucker Either is grammatically correct. =)

  4. JustinAion says:

    Not only is either one correct, but there is a third, which is the real plural.  People think that “octopus” comes from Latin, which is why the “us” often becomes “i” but, in reality, it’s a Greek word.  In Greek, the singular ending “us” becomes “ides.”
    The REAL plural of “octopus” is “octopides” which is pronounced “oct-ti-pi-deez”

  5. Heather says:

    I love this video (as you well know) and I think I like it even better when Edward says it (although the lady in the video cracks me up, too).

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