As far as eight-legged creatures go, the octopus pretty much reigns supreme. But what happens when you have more than one octopus? What is the plural of "octopus"?
Their expert brains told me that the most correct form was "octopuses," so problem solved, right????
Except that some people in the comments highlighted a whole new plural form I've never heard of: "octopodes."
So I went back to Chris Payne, Alicia Bitondo, and Bret Grasse, who told me that while "octopodes" is technically fine, the best plural form is still "octopuses."
Even our own BuzzFeed copy editors weighed in on the "octopodes" vs. "octopuses" debate.
vote votes"Octopuses," because that's LITERALLY what the experts say and it is the most correct.
vote votes"Octopodes," because I'm fancy as fuck.
vote votes"Octopi," because FUCK EVERYTHING.