It seems that on every vacation, one particular object grabs my attention and I go crazy taking pictures of it. In Tybee Island, Georgia, it was jellyfish. In The Netherlands, it was windmills. In Arizona, it was cactuses. Cacti? I could not stop obsessing over all the saguaro cactus spiking the landscape. There was no way to capture it on film, but I tried.
You’re bored with cactuses already, aren’t you? My mom might have been, but she’s obsessed with rocks. And where there was gravelly sand, there were rocks. So we were both happy.
But just in case cacti and rocks aren’t your thing, how about grammar? Were you wondering whether I was using cactus, cacti, and catcuses correctly? I was, so I looked it up. Here’s a quick grammar lesson in case our desert wanderings didn’t rock your world. 🙂
Cacti is the Latin plural of cactus, and some writers use it in English. Cactuses is the English plural. Dictionaries list both, and neither is right or wrong.
Maybe our next dictionary definitions will be about Amish vs. Mennonite, just in case all the buggy pictures I took in Amish country start to bore you…