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.
May 20 2009 12:40 AM EDT
May 20 2009 12:44 AM EDT
Hmm. I vote "mouses" as well.
May 20 2009 12:46 AM EDT
May 20 2009 12:47 AM EDT
"we need more computer mice..."
Just doesn't sound right.
May 20 2009 12:49 AM EDT
May 20 2009 12:53 AM EDT
"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".
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."
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...
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.
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. =(
: "I have two mouses."
Even More Wrong: "I have two mouse."
Correct: "I have two mice."
May 20 2009 1:14 AM EDT
one mouse, two moose :p
It's mice as well afaik...
May 20 2009 1:16 AM EDT
May 20 2009 1:16 AM EDT
But we're not talking about the animal mice...
May 20 2009 1:21 AM EDT
why does it matter?
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.
May 20 2009 1:25 AM EDT
May 20 2009 1:38 AM EDT
Re-read JW's post again.
May 20 2009 1:48 AM EDT
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