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  1. You might be thinking the most correct pluralization of "octopus" is "octopi." You'd be wrong. "us" to "i" is a Latin invention and that works well and good for words with Latin origin, but "octopus" isn't Latin. It's Greek. That leaves us with the Greek form of pluralization. "Octopodes" This is the only word I know of that goes from "us" to "odes" in the English language. "Octopus" and "octopi" are both fine and acceptable according to Webster, but now you know the original pluralization of the word. This video explains it well.
  2. Yes! I find it interesting that some literature snobs don't appreciate a different artistic medium. That seems a bit narrow-minded for someone who is supposed to have an active imagination. Neil Gaiman's Sandman is definitely good, as are Alan Moore's V For Vendetta and Watchmen. If you were a fan of The Dark Knight, also check out The Killing Joke by Alan Moore. That's the story that inspired the movie. Just like literature, graphic novels can add to one's own cultural awareness. To me, that alone makes them important.
  3. I'd never heard that one. When I think about it I picture a gigantic storm shrunk down to fit inside a tiny teacup. To me, that sounds more like a big matter made small and manageable, not the other way around. But then again, since when have idioms always made perfect logical sense? For example "head over heels in love" always bothered me because our head is always over our heels.
  4. "Outfit" can be used for either gender. I've never had any problems with it. "Pretty" on the other hand is a bit trickier. Sure, it's mostly applied to women, but you might hear some women calling a man "pretty" every now and then. On the other hand, you very rarely hear a man call another man "pretty" which means that a woman almost always is on either the sending or receiving end for the word to work. To me, that means that "pretty" is a feminine word, yes. It's very much like what Rosyrain described about the word "cute."
  5. Apart from its history and cultural impact, which everyone else has already mentioned, Spanish is the second most spoken language on the planet. Here's the current order, according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers. 1. Chinese Mandarin 2. Spanish 3. English Believe it or not, there are more Spanish speakers than English speakers in the world. Chances are you'll run into some and need to converse with them.
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