850. First date


Helene’s sex education had… um… shall we say… gaps. And here she was, about to go out on a date with her first “boyfriend”. A boyfriend! She couldn’t believe it!

Her mother gave her some last minute advice:

Boys such as Alphonse have one thing in mind. Just remember that. He’ll be all over you. Boys are like octopuses; arms everywhere. Just watch he doesn’t strangle you with his tentacles.

That got Helene stumped. She went on the date. She was watchful. She wondered the whole time how a boy could possibly strangle someone with his tentacles.

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32 thoughts on “850. First date

          1. Bruce Goodman Post author

            All are acceptable – “octopuses” is 17th century English. “Octopi” came in when they tried after 17th century to “Latinize” English. And Octopodes is used only in Britain and comes from the Greek – Octopus being the origin of the word!


          2. Cynthia Jobin

            I always was taught “octopi” just as you were….(can I say that I never saw a live octopus, so, since we were also learning suffixes, prefixes and roots at the time, “octopi” might as well have been a pie cut into eight pieces in my twisted little mind….to complicate matters, the nun who was the cook for the other nuns spoke only French and would pronounce “octopi” as “octo-pee”….which, considering the above discussion, gets us a lot closer to those tentacles…

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