Is it “Octopuses” or “Octopi”? The Guide to Pluralizing “Octopus” [Flow Charts]

Monday, 02 April 2012

octopus eye

If you got a job this summer to be a guide on the ocean make sure you print off or memorize this handy-dandy chart to help tell the difference between "octopuses," "octopi," and "octopodes". Click on the image below to see the full size version.

Octopus Naming Chart. Image credit:

This is critical training as you don’t want to ever want to get it wrong in front of your clients.


Flickr Photo Credit: Octopus Eye by you are your atman  - Creative Commons by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en_CA / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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