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Pluralization

For future reference: octopuses is more than one octopus, octopi is more than one kind of octopus. --Erik Ebrowne 02:06, 10 March 2006 (UTC)

Traditionally, "octopi" has been assumed to be the correct notion. Wikipedia has a good discussion of the issue here, though. In this case, there's certainly more than one kind of Muppet octopus at work, and according to Webster's, really either could be used. But I'm really getting sick of the back and forthing as to whether the main page should be Octopus, Octopuses, and Octopi, and the others redirect. Even if we're dealing with multiples, unlike pigs and bears, there's seldom more than one octopus involved at a given time, so I don't see why the singular is wrong. Still, I'd suggest creating Octopi as a redirect as well. It's really not all that important, but I weary of *any* page being constantly moved. --Andrew, Aleal 16:14, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
This is a page for all of the octopuses that appear in Muppet productions, so just like pigs and bears it should be the plural. The number of octupuses that usually appear at one time doesn't have any bearing on it. Speaking of which, I'm going to go change that "almost invariably" to "often", because when I think of Muppet octopuses I always think of the three that Animal attacks in the James Coburn ep. --Erik Ebrowne 20:15, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Well, I still think you could argue that it's octopi as they're all different octopussies, not a collective of the same species, but I'm feeling better about it now, so whatever. The back and forthing bothered me more than whatever is actually used. --Andrew, Aleal 20:17, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
So, if I undertand this discussion properly, the correct title of this article is octopi. -- Scott Scarecroe 20:31, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
My statement at the top came from something I read in an Orson Scott Card novel, and while normally I trust his facts, some web research shows that it doesn't appear to be true. It looks like that while "octopi" has been popuplar in the past, it is technically incorrect, and most dictionaries list "octopuses" first. So I think the article is correctly titled. --Erik Ebrowne 21:33, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

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