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The Plural Of The Computer Mouse


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#1 Orange Blossom

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 09:55 PM

I was reading a topic in a language forum which has led me to ponder what people here use as the plural form of the computer mouse and why.

Option 1) Mouses

Option 2) Mice

Option 3) Other, please specify. (Micies comes to mind.)

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 10:33 PM

"I hate you Meeces to pieces" comes to mind straight off!

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:19 AM

Meeces was the first thing to come to my mind also.
There's always input devices but that incorporates a lot of different items
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:34 AM

I think it's mouses rather than mice.

Meeses is my favourite though :thumbsup:
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:48 AM

I say "mice" just like rodents. "Mouses" sounds improper to me.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:52 AM

Here in OZ Mouse = 1
If you had more than one Computer Mouse,then it would be refered to as Mouses.
The Plural of Mouse, as in Rodent, we call Mice.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 11:53 AM

FWIW Webopedia recognizes mice as the plural for the multiple of mouse
Type in mouses and it takes you to the page for mouse
http://webopedia.com/Hardware/Input_Devices/Mice/
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 12:32 PM

Does 'pointers' count?
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 12:45 PM

Does 'pointers' count?


That would be under the broad range of Input Devices
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 01:18 PM

I say it is "Mice" as well or Option 2 in the OP.

And base it on the same thing as DSTM being Rodent Spellings, Oh well English such a Complicated Language but anyone who didn't know English would probably say "Mouses".
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 01:35 PM

anyone who didn't know English would probably say "Mouses".


Oh thanks a lot Woody :thumbsup:

But the term mice is plural for more than one (animal) mouse and does not include a (computer) mouse. English isn't that neat.

The definitive English language tome is the Oxford English Dictionary and you need to subscribe to their website. Hey, I want to know but I'm not paying anything to find out...

Here's something from OED's Askoxford site

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 01:46 PM

anyone who didn't know English would probably say "Mouses".


Oh thanks a lot Woody :flowers:

But the term mice is plural for more than one (animal) mouse and does not include a (computer) mouse. English isn't that neat.


That wasn't aimed at you Mate, I was talking Hypothetically as in like someone in France wouldn't know it if they didn't know English.

But it's still Mice for me, but Mouses can be Accepted according to Wiki (Not being the Most Trustworthy Site, But anyway it's still there) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouse_(computing)

And it seems they start this Article off by saying Mice - http://www.howstuffworks.com/mouse.htm

So it's anyone's Guess what it could be.

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Edited by woodyblade, 04 September 2008 - 01:46 PM.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 03:37 PM

No offence taken Woody :thumbsup:

The OED seems to think that both are acceptable terms so that's that unless anyone else wants to try their luck, maybe with "mici"
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 04:09 PM

Yeah like "Virii", Firefox doesn't recognise it as a Word like it doesn't like my Spelling of "Recognise" either. Think I'll look on the Settings to see if I can get British English setup.

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Looks like I've got to Download a Add-On for Firefox for British English.

Edited by woodyblade, 04 September 2008 - 04:11 PM.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 04:59 PM

them "thingies" ???
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