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TheParser
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 9:38:25 AM
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Dear Fellow Learners:


This morning I was shocked when I read in a prominent American business magazine the word "mice" to refer to more than one computer mouse.

To me, "mice" are those little four-legged animals. "Mouses" are those things that we use with our computers.

I have just done some Googling, and it seems that many dictionaries accept both plurals when referring to a computer mouse.

Which one should you use in business correspondence?

I guess the decision rests with your employer.




Have a nice day!



Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 10:12:17 AM

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No - no!

It's got to be 'meeces'!



Actually - I prefer 'mouses', as you say.


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Audiendus
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 10:41:09 AM
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According to Google Ngram Viewer, "computer mice" is about five times as common as "computer mouses". If the search is restricted to British English, "computer mouses" does not appear at all.

I would be more likely to say "mice".
FROSTY X RIME
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:32:19 AM

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It is good that you have pointed it out.I never thought about it before.
Thank you.

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Ash_Lingua
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 1:14:14 PM

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Remember back in the dark ages of vacuum tubes and punch cards, computer mice could very well be literal and that on occasion actual the furry little critters would nest in the nice warm backs of those gigantic machines.

And then there were the legendary bugs...
NKM
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 3:04:08 PM

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Years ago I thought of them as "mouses," feeling that the form "mice" should be reserved for the animals. Nowadays, however, I'm more comfortable calling them "mice" — on the rare occasion when I find a need to refer to the plural.

EPT31
Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 4:09:24 AM
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Ash_Lingua wrote:
Remember back in the dark ages of vacuum tubes and punch cards, computer mice could very well be literal and that on occasion actual the furry little critters would nest in the nice warm backs of those gigantic machines.


In the not-so-golden age (gold-plated age?) we're living, computer mice could still find a warm shelter in gigantic machines: in civil aviation, mice can be a bigger concern than birds as they nest in data centre computer racks, remote radio/beacon locations, or even cockpit computers.
Checking the mouse traps is part of the regular maintenance of any safety-related system.

(btw, Windows Store sells "Wireless, Ergonomic and Bluetooth Mice")
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 4:55:25 AM

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EPT31 wrote:
Windows Store sells "Wireless, Ergonomic and Bluetooth Mice"

Some dictionaries consider both versions correct:

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/mouse

Quote:
2
plural mice or mouses A small handheld device which is moved across a mat or flat surface to move the cursor on a computer screen.

Some say it's only mouses:

http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/mouse

Quote:
2 (plural mouses) a small object that you move with your hand to give instructions to a computer

Personally I have always called them computer mice.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 6:45:48 AM

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This is the blue tooth-mouse. He assists the tooth-fairy.



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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 6:55:31 AM

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Here be more mice ;-)

http://forum.thefreedictionary.com/postst16752_Mouse-to-Mouse.aspx


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TheParser
Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:57:35 AM
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Thanks, everyone, for your comments -- and the illustrations.

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