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

Mickleton

Chipping Campden

Gloucestershire

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now