Don’t bother to count the sides.
Don’t try to think of what prefix to use.
I learned the “correct” answer from other parents who pulled their children out of school for homeschooling.
If you thought this was an octagon, I’m sorry to say that you were way off.
It’s a stop sign, of course.
Even though it’s not red.
Even though it doesn’t have the word STOP anywhere on it.
If your kids watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Team UmiZoomi in preschool, this could be a little confusing, since those preschool shows actually use the technically correct words for these shapes (Mickey even teaches the names of 3D shapes).
Maybe those words become more challenging when the kids enter kindergarten.
All I can say is:
Please, oh please, octagon teaching our kids the wrong words!
Between this and my previous post, I know we’ve said enough and have probably said too much.
Perhaps this merits a moment of silence instead…