When I mentioned octopi in a talk recently I was immediately asked by a member of the audience how something with three, or maybe six, legs could be called an octopus. Moreover, apparently octopi isn't even the correct pluralisation.
But what is a good term? Sundance preons is really too crass, and the word preon is very misleading when translating the diagrams into a QG context. I finally decided upon the boring and very ubiquitous ribbon diagrams. Not very exciting, is it? Maybe we should use Grothendieck's term, children's drawings. Imagine trying to sell that one to the phenomenologists.
Update: There is now a PF discussion about octopi, with a great introduction by CarlB to his theory, not to mention a confirmation of the correctness of the lepton mass derivation ... and so the jigsaw falls slowly into place, like the collapse of a terrifying Hegelian wave function, heralding a new time.