Mice and Men (in Off-topic)

Admiralkiller [Cult of the Valaraukar] May 20 2009 12:38 AM EDT

I recently asked a question on chat and could not get an answer.
The question is what is the plural form for mouse(computer)
Wikianswers does not give a definitive answer and gives valid arguements for these three


Does anyone know for sure?
If this belongs in Debates i am sorry.

MissingNo May 20 2009 12:40 AM EDT


Demigod May 20 2009 12:44 AM EDT

Hmm. I vote "mouses" as well.

Rawr May 20 2009 12:46 AM EDT

Mice imo.

[P]Mitt May 20 2009 12:47 AM EDT


Kefeck [Demonic Serenity] May 20 2009 12:48 AM EDT

"we need more computer mice..."

Just doesn't sound right.

BHT May 20 2009 12:49 AM EDT

Mouses, duh.

QBJohnnywas May 20 2009 12:53 AM EDT

From Wikipedia:

"Etymology and plural

The first known publication of the term "mouse" as a pointing device is in Bill English's 1965 publication "Computer-Aided Display Control".[3]

The Compact Oxford English Dictionary (third edition) and the fourth edition of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language endorse both computer mice and computer mouses as correct plural forms for computer mouse. Some authors of technical documents may prefer either mouse devices or the more generic pointing devices. The plural mouses treats mouse as a "headless noun."

Two manuals of style in the computer industry ヨ Sun Technical Publication's Read Me First: A Style Guide for the Computer Industry and Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications from Microsoft Press ヨ recommend that technical writers use the term mouse devices instead of the alternatives."

Rawr May 20 2009 12:56 AM EDT

I don't see why everyone sees "mouses" as the obvious choice. Just because it sounds right doesn't mean its the correct term...

BluBBen May 20 2009 1:05 AM EDT

In enough time, might be hundreds of years, the form that sounds right will be correct. All languages develops continuously.

MissingNo May 20 2009 1:09 AM EDT

This is why this is a debate, Rawr. Because there is no "correct term" for the plural of computer mouse. Unless Bast can come here and prove us all wrong. =(

InebriatedArsonist May 20 2009 1:12 AM EDT

Wrong: "I have two mouses."

Even More Wrong: "I have two mouse."

Correct: "I have two mice."

AdminShade May 20 2009 1:14 AM EDT

one mouse, two moose :p

It's mice as well afaik...

Burton May 20 2009 1:16 AM EDT

Mice, duh

MissingNo May 20 2009 1:16 AM EDT

But we're not talking about the animal mice...

AdminShade May 20 2009 1:21 AM EDT

why does it matter?

Rawr May 20 2009 1:23 AM EDT

it doesn't matter if its not the animal...
if you name a non-tree object "tree", the plural of that object is trees, not anything different.

if you name a non-mouse object "mouse", the plural of that object is mice, not anything different.

bartjan May 20 2009 1:25 AM EDT


MissingNo May 20 2009 1:38 AM EDT

Re-read JW's post again.

DoS May 20 2009 1:48 AM EDT

"mouse devices"

I'm down.
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