I am going to regret this come morning.

5 07 2011

I took Benedryl over 24 hours ago and I’m pretty sure I am still high (facts are not important here, kindly let the butler take them for you). And if it’s not the Benedryl itself, it’s the fact that I watched Twin Peaks right after I took one. Which I either recommend or don’t recommend depending on what exactly you are looking to experience or avoid. (Also spell check says “Benedryl” isn’t a word so it’s possible I’m SO high I’m making it up.)

Anyway, on my way to bed I read this post by The Bloggess wherein she states that the plural of octopus is not, in fact, octopi. My first reaction was volatile anger (if that’s redundant blame the Benedryl) because you cannot change a SOLID FACT like that on me. But then I felt relief because years ago I saw a book on a shelf at the library clearly titled “Octopuses” and I was SO OFFENDED over it – now I can let that offense go and feel relief in the fact that it is I who am ignorant, not some author/editor/publisher/book seller/librarian (hell, at this point, just blame everything on the Benedryl). But then! I Googled it! And learned that the word “octopus” is totally a shapeshifting alien. I mean, it has three plural forms which include the aforementioned two and also “octopodes”. So from now on octopodes they are. Who’s with me?

In related news, the same Wikipedia article discusses the plural of the word “anus” which makes me wonder the only logical thing one could possibly wonder: Why would you EVER need a plural version of the word “anus”? WHY?

You know what? Don’t answer that. In any case, I am off to bed now with an image of an anal lineup in my mind.

Anal lineup. Here come the Googles. Sorry to disappoint you, internet.

Also: What do you mean Benedryl doesn’t make you high?


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5 07 2011
Sonja

Perhaps spell check is underlining it because it’s actually Benadryl?
(Nope, it underlines that too. WHATEVER, SPELL CHECK!)
(BTW, spell check underlines spellcheck if you make it one word. Silly spellcheck!)
There was a time in my life when I could take TWO Benadryl in the evening and still wake up completely fine (as in rested and not hungover) the next morning. I built up my tolerance slowly and desperately.
I also always wondered why Benadryl is pink. Perhaps that’s just ueber-allergic me speaking, but I personally wouldn’t be surprised if I was allergic to that (toxic?) pink dye, which makes the necessity of Benadryl a self-fullfilling prophecy of sorts.

Anyway. Those are my collected but not organized thoughts about Benadryl. You are welcome!
(And I’m not even high on it or anything else for that matter!)

6 07 2011
Corey

OMG I want to answer that!

Thanks for sharing your Weeeeee moment. I personally like to make words up and use them rampantly so our plural for octopuses is octopodicles. My reality, I make the rules.

6 07 2011
Sarah

I think you’ve found your band name: Bonnie and the Octopodes.

7 07 2011
Annika

I assume the plural is anodes.

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