Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Octopus"

The meaning of "Octopus" in various phrases and sentences

Q: O que significa global corporate octopuses?
A: I highly suggest you understand what is metonymy so that you are able to figure out for yourself next time.

Metonymy is a figure of speech in which a thing or concept is referred to by the name of something closely associated with that thing or concept.

As such, by calling international businesses global corporate octopuses, the author is using metonymy.

How do we know that global corporate octopuses refer to international businesses? "global" means international, and "corporate" relates to companies. As such, when "global corporate" acts as an adjective that modifies the noun "octopuses", we know that the author is giving international businesses a nickname of "octopuses".

There is also another effect in referring to international businesses as octopuses. A trait of international businesses will be highlighted by a trait of octopuses. Usually, the author will explain immediately afterwards if it is not clear. However, if there is only one possible explanation, the author can choose to not explain and leave the reader to figure out for themselves. In this case, there can be multiple explanations but i can still give you one.

Similar to how octopuses are difficult to remove when they grab onto something, international businesses can be tough to uproot as they have much of the world in their grasp already.
Q: O que significa "you octopi my thoughts"?
A: Sounds like a play on words as part of a joke that I'm assuming includes an octopus.

Synonyms of "Octopus" and their differences

Q: Qual é a diferença entre octopi e octopuses ?
A: "Octopi" is the correct plural for "octopus"
but some people might say "octopuses" for the plural.

Also, the possessive of "octopus" is "octopus's" which is pronounced like "octopuses"
Q: Qual é a diferença entre An octopus has many arms. e Octopuses have many arms. ?
A: どっちらでもいいと思います。

Translations of "Octopus"

Q: Como é que se diz isto em Inglês (EUA)? What do you call this octopus? It has very thin legs. We call general one just small octopus but it has very thin legs. Is there any word for that?
A: Yeah, I thought so at first. People in Korea has a few pieces of them among same octopus. Thanks for your help. It helps me a lot.
Q: Como é que se diz isto em Inglês (EUA)? octopus
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Q: Como é que se diz isto em Inglês (RU)? octopus' garden or octopus's garden?
A: I think most native speakers would recognise both as having the same meaning. The rules for this type of thing are fuzzy... I just checked the Oxford Guide to Style, and it says, 'No single rule governs the possessive form of singular nouns that end in s. Euphony is the overriding concern, with the final choice affected by the number of syllables and the letters starting the next word.' It then lists examples of both s's and s'. My personal feeling is that s's is used more frequently. :-/

Other questions about "Octopus"

Q: Por favor, mostra-me como pronunciar octopuses.
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Q: I heard more octopus dumpling restaurants are opening in Tokyo.
("heard" is a past tense and "are opening" is a present continuous tense.)
A: @monica8: はい👍
Q: Our octopus dumplings are made with a traditional simple recipe. soa natural?
A: 'Simple traditional recipe' sounds more natural to me. Though you are grammatically correct.
Q: It seems more octopus dumpling store are opening also in Tokyo. soa natural?
A: It seems more (octopus - do you need to say this?) dumpling (stores - do you mean restaurants?) are opening in Tokyo.
Q: There are two octopuses (same species) swimming in the sea. soa natural?
A: "Octopi" is another plural for "octopus" so you can also say "There are two octopi swimming in the sea."

Also, they don't need to be the same species to use the plural form.

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