Eight Bond beauties?;Letter

12th June 1998 at 01:00
MARGARET Ford's letter on the plural of octopus (TES, June 5) made me reach for my Greek lexicon. I found a dative plural form possi, as used by Homer.

Adding possi to okto (eight) gives us the Greek word oktopossi. Making the usual changes from k to c and os to us would give octopussi as a genuine plural form in English.

This is a much prettier word than octopi or octopodes. A large number of octopus would be "octopussi galore". Sorted!

Ted Guyver

41 Meon Road


Chipping Campden


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