Mouse or Mice?
August 27, 2009 1:55am CST
Normally, the plural of mouse is mice when you are referring to those real rodents. However, in the case of a "mouse" used for the computer, can you still use the plural form "mice", "computer mice" if you are referring to lots of computer mouse? "Computer mouses" I guess is not proper. What do you think?
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31 Aug 09
I've just responded to a discussion that asked if we clean our mouse balls, and I managed to answerit seriously! (A first for me) What an interesting topic! I suppose it's rare we ever talk about more than one, which is why we don't think about it much. I'd say computer mouse using the singular as plural. Computer mouses is wrong, and computer mice is too ... ugh ... William Burroughs (aka Naked Lunch)
27 Aug 09
Hi krupesh this question just highlights the lack of originality within the computer world. Unless the chap that invented the thing was actually called mouse why on earth did they choose the name of a small nasty rodent in the first place. Surely something much better should have been used like 'cursor mover' then we would all understand what was being spoken about rather than jumping on the table in fright. The answer to your question is mice. If you steal the word of something else to use for a different purpose than the original meaning then you must steal the plural at the same time. It is much easier in Greek, one pondiki, two pondiakia. Much nicer ring to it.
27 Aug 09
Good question... Why not make things simpler? Since a plural form already exists for the word "mouse", which in this case is "mice", by all means let's use "mice" to mean either the rodent kind or the computer kind. At any rate, a computer mouse looks like its rodent cousin, don't you think?