This may be a little more Nerd than Public Radio, but if you're anything like me, dear reader, you'll be interested just the same!
If you are a frequent visitor to Miriam Webster's Ask the Editor video series, you will recognize the dulcet tones of Associate Editor Kory Stamper. She has done quite a few of these short little videos, and this time she explains: What really is the plural of octopus?
I actually had a linguistics professor who told us a similar story on the first day of classes, only without all the background history and context behind the changes. I think he may have missed out the best part!
So while this might not have anything to do with public radio, it is something all public radio folks should learn from. Not only is this a top notch little english/history lesson, it's also exactly the type of story people love to retell. So enjoy, and try not to be too smug when you correct the next person who tells you about the "Octopi" they saw at the aquarium.
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