Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Stone the Octopi

Grade A Whack job and short-arse “President” of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinnerjacket has decided that Paul, the Word cup Octopus is a symbol of “Western Propaganda and superstition”. Presumably since he didn’t pick the box with the Iranian flag on the front, had that happened the Tentacles would have been guided by Allah.

Don’t want to piss on your photo shopped parade old boy but the West doesn’t need propaganda to show off the down side of Iran’s “love of all sacred values”. This non calamari’ed picture of an enlightened stoning suffices…


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for pedantry, but the plural of octopus is really interesting if you like words, as I do.

It think is essentially a Greek term, meaning eight-foot. But it happens to look a lot like Latin, so the Latin pluralisation -i is sometimes (in my opinion, unjustifiably) used.

The Greek pluralisation of foot (-pous) would be -podes. Or, if you want to stick with the it-looks-like-Latin-so-pluralise-as-Latin approach, -pedes. (cf millipede).

However, I think that using Greek pluralisation just because the word has a Greek root is not really justifiable. In English we have our own pluralisation, simply -s or -es (apart from exceptions). We don't go using Sanskrit pluralisation for Sanskrit loanwords, Arabic pluralisation for Arabic loanwords, and so on.

So, to cut a long story short, the plural of octopus is octopuses... I think!


Jackart said...

Your pedantry is glorious!

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